The contest, which has been running for 27 years, is open to ‘all parliamentarians’ dogs, regardless of breed, creed or pawlitical persuasion’.
But the annual show was cancelled on Friday due to organisers fearing for the safety of MPs and their dogs amid growing protests.
Organised by The Kennel Club and Dogs Trust, the contest had been rearranged for Thursday but has been called off again. Instead of a panel judging the winner, an MP will take home the top prize solely based on the Pawblic vote, which is usually a separate winning.‘This is due to concerns about the increase in protests around Parliament; ensuring the safety of the dogs and the MPs taking part is absolute priority.
Try to ignore the gentle prod with a nose under the table (Picture: Getty)One in five dog owners admitted that they believe giving their dog extra treats from their own plate shows them that they love them and that they are one of the family, with chicken (77%), beef (68%), sausages (67%), ham (63%) and vegetables (57%) listed as the most commonly fed foods.
Limit treats to training rewards. This is an excellent way to make sure your dog views treats as special rather than expected. It’s also helpful in keeping your pet from becoming overweight or obese. Feed a species-appropriate diet, and partner with a holistic or integrative vet to maintain your pet’s well-being.
‘The public have been voting for their favourite canine pairing candidate, so despite the event cancellation, the winner of the ‘pawblic’ vote will be announced in due course as the overall 2019 Westminster Dog of the Year.’Last year, Labour MP for Weaver Vale was the winner of the Pawblic Vote, with his Cockapoo named Corbyn. MP for Nottingham North Alex Norris took home the Westminster Dog of the Year award for his border collies, Boomer and Corona.