Another Great Success For Chiswick House Dog Show

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The sun shone on this year's Chiswick House Dog Show on Sunday as nearly 4000 people and 550 dogs attended this most popular local event. This year's show, held on the cricket pitch in the grounds of Chiswick House, coincided with the 2015 Rugby World Cup and there were lots of themed activities in honour of the international event, including doggies in fancy dress.

Another Great Success For Chiswick House Dog Show

Penny the dog who won Best In Show

The coveted Best in Show 2015 award went to Penny, a beautiful young Irish Red Setter, and her owner, Sarah Cruz. The win was extra special for Sarah, who is known for her work with Abundance Chiswick, because she lost two dogs last year. Her labrador Belly died of old age and their Labrador puppy Jasper, ran off from his dog walker and has not been seen since.

Sarah said: "Penny's a bit special because she was one of a litter of 15. Only 13 survived and she almost died as well, so she's the little runt! She's a much loved family pet and addition to our family. If we get Jasper back then he will have a lovely friend."

Sarah has donated some of her prize ( Ten cases of London Pride) to the Abundance fruit fair this weekend- to celebrate Penny's win, they will give away a beer with the purchase of lunch at the Fair.

Best Rugby Fan went to Autumn, enjoying playing rugby with her young owners Andrew, Matt and Johnny, all dressed up in rugby shirts.

Ziggy, won the accolade of Naughtiest Dog this year and surpassed himself by eating the family goldfish!

Beating off stiff competition My Dog’s Got Talent was won by Chanel, a two year old, long haired Chihuahua who captivated onlookers her ‘ballet’ and ‘moonwalking’.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes competed in eighteen fun classes. All were winners in the eyes of their owners and the judges had some tough decisions to make. The friendly community offered something for everyone with displays, fun classes, competitions, parades and a great selection of stalls and artisan catering.

Julie Ritson's video of the Dog Show gives an overall view of the fun, including interviews with local celebrities Clare Balding and Alice Arnold and Jeremy Vine.

Gill Thomas, Chair of the Dog Show committee, said. “After months of planning and lots of hard work by everyone it’s wonderful to see so many people of all ages enjoying themselves and caring for their dogs. My sincere thanks go to all our sponsors, small businesses and charities who give us tremendous support. And, of course, a special mention must go to our team of over 150 volunteers without whom this event would not be possible.”

(l-r)Euan Rollo of sponsors John D Wood, Gill Thomas, chair of committee, Sarah Cruz and her dog Penny and George Nissan CBE Chiswick House Trustee,


September 29, 2015