It was champagne and tap water all round when four-legged and two-legged friends rubbed shoulders at the 2010 Dogs Trust Honours on 3rd June. Joining celebrities and VIPs were the hirsute winners of five categories, chosen from over 300 entrants from across the UK.
Guests enjoyed nibbles and kibbles galore at the glitzy ceremony, which tool place at London’s Jasmine Studios. The event was created by Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, to spotlight the countless ways in which dogs enrich our lives.
Among those attending were JoAnne Good and Anna Webb (left), of ‘Barking at the Moon’, BBC Radio London’s doggy radio feature. Anna’s dog Molly looked dressed for the part in her Paco Collars ‘Hearts’ design collar and lead!
Speaking at the awards, Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust CEO, said:
“Dogs are so often the unsung heroes of peoples’ lives, and the Honours pays tribute to all those magnificent mutts who make life more joyful. It’s a world away from the traditional dog show – in fact it’s more like a hairy hybrid of The Pride of Britain awards and the Oscars. The Honours shows that canine beauty really is all about the heart.”
And the winners are:
The Sun Hero Dog Award – For acts of bravery including dogs from the police and armed forces
This will be announced soon in The Sun – keep your eyes peeled!
Pets at Home Dogged Devotion Award – for dogs who have provided emotional support for their owners
Treacle was rehomed from Dogs Trust Kenilworth and is the constant companion of seven year old Jasmine Dowd, who has to undergo 12 hours of dialysis, as well as tube-feeding, every night. Amid the machinery and medicine lies Treacle, her best friend. Jasmine is able to sleep through all of her treatment as long as Treacle is on her bed, providing plenty of fun and cuddles.
Technik Technology Golden Oldie Award – a lifetime achievement award for dogs over seven years
Sadly, this year’s winner is a posthumous one, as 15 year old Tim died just two weeks before the Honours. He is sorely missed by owner Lorraine Coultas and all the staff and residents at Meadowlodge in North Yorkshire. Labrador Tim lived in a residential home where he was a great comfort to the elderly residents, many of whom have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. He also knew when someone was in extra need of attention and used to lay right beside them, sleeping in their room if necessary.
Petplan Dog Star in the Making Award – celebrates those talented canines who truly shine in the spotlight
Ladies and gentlemen, Adora has just left the building! This adorable Akita lit up the stage with her debut performance as Sandy in the West End production of Annie. Owner Robert Stuhldreer sent Adora to audition when he spotted an advert in his local paper and, despite having had no prior acting experience, Adora impressed the producers and won the role.
Dogs Trust Celebrity Canine Award – for dogs in the public eye
Tilly, a Jack Russell Terrier who is owned and doted upon by actor and Over the Rainbow judge John Partridge.
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