Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries, and her four-month-old West Highland Terrier, Darcey will compete with other politicians and their pooches to win the coveted title of Westminster Dog of the Year 2014.
Dogs, big and small, will be whipping their MP and Peer owners into shape as they head to Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, London to see who will be crowned top ‘pawlitical’ dog for 2014.
Organised jointly by Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club, the competition offers the chance for Nadine to show off her loyal four-legged friend, Darcey, who will be supporting her on the political trail in the future. The competition will also encourage an open dialogue on important dog welfare issues ahead of next year’s General Election.
The theme of this year’s event focuses on positive training and education, demonstrating how this helps to strengthen the bond between dog and owner.
Proud owner Nadine said: “Darcey is a wonderful companion and my biggest supporter. She will soon be found charming local constituents in Mid Bedfordshire and supporting door-to-door canvassing efforts. Before this happens though Darcey will be taking centre stage to compete at this Westminster Dog of the Year. With dogged determination, I have no doubt that she will win over the hearts of the voters and achieve a landslide victory.”
MPs will be calling for their supporters to vote for them, with additional judging on the day which will review the contestants on their heroic doggy deeds and winning personalities.
The Westminster Dog of the Year 2014 competition will be held on October 23, at Victoria Tower Gardens. The judging panel will include Clarissa Baldwin, chief executive of Dogs Trust, Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary and last year’s winner, the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP. Guest speakers include Angela Smith MP Shadow Minister for Animal Welfare.
Details of MPs and dog entered for this year’s Westminster Dog of the Year can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/westminsterdogoftheyear.