The Year of the Detective Dogs!
This year saw the 13th Chiswick House Dog Show take place on the award-winning (‘London in Bloom 2017’) cricket pitch in Chiswick House grounds. We were again lucky with the weather, which brought out the crowds, and not just dog owners, in their droves and a record-breaking entry into the 18 classes.
Our main show sponsor was John D Wood & Co, aided by ring sponsors Dog Town and Fullers and, for the first time, Natural Instinct Dog Food and Berry BMW, came on board as ring sponsors too.
Our theme this year was Sherlock Holmes (or Sherlock Bones as he was also known...) and some of our judges reflected this theme: Richard Lintern and David Caves from Silent Witness, Neil Dudgeon (DCI Barnaby from Midsomer Murders) and Sue Vertue and Steven Moffat (scriptwriters of the very popular TV Sherlock). To add to these 'sleuth-like' celebrities, we were very fortunate to have Mel Giedroyc, who judged Waggiest Tail (with Neil) and Best Young Handler (with Jane Hill, BBC TV journalist/newsreader, and ardent dog lover). We were delighted to have Wayne Sleep OBE come back as a judge again, this year for My Dog’s Got Talent and another ex-judge, in the shape of Anna Webb (from BBC Radio’s The Barking Hour), helped to judge Best Veteran.
Our own BBQ and bars were supplemented this year by more new and mouth-watering catering outlets, and we also added some novel and diverse stalls to our usual mix of commercial and charity stalls.
An added popular attraction this year was the Doggy Dash, organised by the Dogs Trust – with well over 200 dogs competing for ‘best sprinter’ in their class.
As usual, we were supported by over 150 local volunteers (aged from 8 to 80), without whom the Chiswick House Dog Show would not be possible. A big THANK YOU to all of them for helping us make this year’s show the best ever!
Chair, 2017 Chiswick House Dog Show Organisers Committee
Class Winning Dog Winning Owner
Waggiest Tail Lucy Camilla
Prettiest Bitch 5-8 Cara Fiona
Handsomest Dog 5-8 Murphy Lucy
Best Rescue Jenny Asia
Best Youngster 1-2 Dog Huxley Natalie
Best Youngster 1-2 Bitch Penny Emily
Egg & Spoon Relay Challenge The Muttley Crew Team
Best Young Handler 7+ Oakley Charlotte and Millie
Prettiest Bitch 3-4 Ruby Victoria
Handsomest Dog 3-4 Loki David
Best Puppy Bitch Luna Sophie
Best Puppy Dog Ziggy Ava
Naughtiest Dog Zephyr Poppy and Tilly
Fancy Dress Adults Keystone Cops The Fox Terrier Gang
Fancy Dress Children Jago Ciara
Best Veteran 9+ Elm Nicola
Next Top Model Celeni (Chiliie) Daisy
My Dog’s Got Talent Willow Tia
Best in Show Elm Nicola
Doggy Dash Fastest Times
Small: Beaver (owned by Johnny) 3.85 seconds
Medium: Rudi (owned by Inigo) 3.31 seconds
Large: Stan (owned by Kevin) 3.90 seconds