Nudel is top dog in battle of the hounds

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Every dog has its day and for Nudel the Dachshund it was last Saturday at the annual Ravenscourt Park dog show.

Wet noses and waggy tails were the order of the day, on Saturday (Aug 31), as more than 120 canine contestants competed in a variety of categories.

Nudel scooped a double, for owner Siobhan Martin, by winning best in show as well as the best pedigree section.

Around 500 people watched proud owners parading their pooches with Juno, an Italian Greyhound, and owner Becky Kirsten, winning best rescue dog.

Monty, a Cocker-Poo, took home the best crossbreed honours with owner Christina McPherson.

Murphy snapped up the coveted best puppy award along with owner Sonia Gowler while the best young handler title was won by Charlotte Lone with Ernie the whippet.

The fun event, which is organised by the council’s Parks Police service, raised £350 for the Dog Trust. The event also had a serious side with eight dogs micro-chipped on the day and tips and advice available from the Dogs Trust and parks police.

Every year, the council spends millions of pounds on improving and looking after parks in Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) and has been encouraging residents to get out and have fun in one of the borough’s 54 parks and open spaces. Thirteen of those parks were recently awarded prestigious Green Flags for their quality.

Cllr Greg Smith, H&F Council deputy leader, said: “This was the second annual dog show in Ravenscourt Park and it was fantastic that so many dog lovers came along to enjoy the park and show off their faithful friends. With so many parks and open spaces to enjoy this council does everything it can to promote responsible dog ownership.”