Fifteen-year-old stray win Best Battersea Dog at charity's annual reunion
About five thousand animal lovers and their four-legged friends spent a day full of games and activities at the 19th Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s Annual Reunion on Sunday.
The free family Fun Day offered owners and pets a variety of dog classes, agility displays and special parades, including a reunion of stars from the award-winning ITV series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs.
Children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson and model David Gandy, both Battersea ambassadors judged a number of classes at the event which featured many hounds rescued by Battersea.
Dame Jacqueline said: "It is a great event to celebrate our four-legged friends and raise money for future animals that will find themselves on Battersea’s doorstep."
Winner of the 'Best Battersea Dog' class was loveable black mongrel Molly, who won over the judges with her tale of being rehomed from Battersea 15 years ago after arriving as a stray at only six months old.
Her young owner Ruby Clare from Surrey grew up with Molly and the two have been inseparable since the day they met.
Other canine competitors who shone on the day included four year old Ffern, the Lurcher from Worcester Park, and her owner Tristan Bradley who won 'Dog that Looks Most Like their Owner' class.
Plus 11-year-old Kerry Blue Terrier Milo who won 'Handsomest dog' with his owner Lauren Beadle from Clapham Junction.
Apart from the financial help for the animal shelter, Battersea supporters have donated blankets which really can be used during the upcoming winter months.
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