Saturday, 31 July 2021

Could your dog be Henleys Top Dog?

HENLEY’S Top Dog competition is back. In celebration of man’s best friend, we are

HENLEY’S Top Dog competition is back. In celebration of man’s best friend, we are ready to crown another cracking canine.

This year the theme is Blooming Wonderful Woofers and we are taking inspiration from the beautiful bounty of flowers that can be found in and around the town.

The Henley Standard and Naughty Mutt Nice have teamed up with Henley in Bloom for that horticultural touch.

For your dog to be in with a chance of winning this year’s coveted Henley’s Top Dog title, all you need to do is send us a photograph of your dog doing something appropriate such as wearing flowers, sitting in flowers, running through flowers, or even digging up your beloved flowerbed! You will also need to write up to 150 words explaining why your dog deserves to win.

And if you’ve entered in previous years, don’t worry, we’d love you to enter again!

To reward you all for your time and effort, we have a plethora of prizes, including a superb portrait of the winning dog painted by Henley artist Clive Hemsley — plus one for each of the five runners-up.

The winning entry and runners-up will be chosen by the judges, Henley Standard editor Simon Bradshaw, Naughty Mutt Nice proprietor Aspen Weatherburn, Erik D’Arcy-Donnelly, of the Henley Veterinary Centre and guest judge, Councillor Kellie Hinton.

How to enter

You can send your entries by email to or to or post them on the Henley’s Top Dog Facebook page. Alternatively, you can send them by post to: Henley’s Top Dog 2015, Henley Standard, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley, RG9 1AD. The closing date is Friday, July 31.

The winning dog (and runners-up) will be announced in the Henley Standard and presented with the winning woof-tastic prizes by the judging panel.


The winning dog will receive:

A commissioned portrait of your dog by Henley artist Clive Hemsley.

A full works pampering session at Naughty Mutt Nice, 67 Reading Road, Henley. Tel (01491) 576629.

A health check consultation, blood profile and urine sample check at the Henley Veterinary Centre in Reading worth £130.

A two-course meal for two, with your dog, at the Station House in Market Place, Henley. Tel. (01491) 576561.

A bouquet of flowers and a unique flower collar created by Bluebells, 71 Reading Road, Henley. Tel. (01491) 413444.

Five runners-up will receive a commissioned portrait of their dog by Clive Hemsley.

Terms and conditions

All dogs can be entered in the competition, including past winners and runners-up.

All prizes must be claimed by November 1, 2015. The prizes are non-refundable and there is no cash alternative.

Normal Henley Standard competition rules apply and the editor’s decision is final. To see the rules, visit

Binx the Beagle

REBECCA SMITH says: “This is our dog Binx, happily posing next to some spare flowers I had left over from my college course.

“He is very clever and will ‘speak’, ‘high-five’ and ‘find it’ on command.

“However, sometimes he is naughty. He once ran off to Greys Court for a day out, kindly getting the staff to call me for his taxi home, and recently decided to eat my engagement ring (which hasn’t re-appeared yet)!

“He also loves rolling in fox poo (yuck).

“But despite his bad habits, Binx is impossible to be mad at. He gives me his ‘I couldn’t help it’ eyes and rests his chin on my lap and is instantly forgiven.

“His big floppy ears are fun to play with too. In fact, my partner complains that the dog gets more attention than he does... which might just be true!

“So pick Binx the beagle for Top Dog!”

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