Dogs strut their stuff in Ravenscourt Park charity show

Is your pooch the most handsome hound in west London? Come to Ravenscourt Park on Saturday 2 September to find out.

The park’s annual fun dog show for charity, run by the H&F Council Parks Police team, begins at noon, with registration from 11am.

“All proceeds go to Dogs Trust,” said H&F Parks Police officer and show organiser Tony Spyrou. “We have raised £400 for the charity in some previous years, and this year we’d love to raise more.”

There are seven categories: Golden oldie, Best rescue dog, Best young handler, Best crossbreed, Best puppy, Best pedigree and finally, Best in Show.

Rosettes will be issued to the best five dogs in each category, while there is an engraved trophy for the Best in Show winner to keep.

Dogs of all varieties

“We get all shapes and sizes – pedigree and ‘Heinz 57’ varieties!” Tony added. “Two years ago, a dachshund won, and last year it was a cockerpoo.”

With up to 100 dogs expected, plus 400 people if the sun shines, it’s one of the biggest dates on the Ravenscourt Park calendar.

The Dogs Trust will be on hand to give advice on health, training and rehoming to dog owners, and pets’ nails will be manicured for free. The trust also offers free microchipping.

Each class costs £2 to enter and – thanks to sponsorship from John Parnham Funfairs – there will be other attractions such as a bouncy castle if the weather permits.

Got a prize-winning pooch?

Think your dog can collar a win? Registration for all seven categories listed is in the park from 11am. The show starts at noon.