TOP DOG: Nicola Richards MP with her nine-month-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Nicola Richards, Conservative MP for West Bromwich East, and her nine-month-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Pablo, take part in a ‘paw-litch’ competition to be named Westminster Dog of the Year 2022.
This is an annual event organized by Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club which will take place in Westminster, London on Thursday 15th September.
The coveted event returns for its 29th year and is open to all dog-loving MPs and their four-legged friends of all ages, breeds, shapes and sizes – pedigree and crossbreed, to compete for Parliament’s pooch at the year, held at Victoria Tower Gardens in London.
In 2021, the title and public vote went to French bulldog Vivienne and the late Sir David Amess.
In memory of the MP, who died last year, the public vote award has been renamed the Sir David Amess ‘pawblic’ vote award, to commemorate Sir David, who was a dedicated dog lover and did a tremendous amount of work to improve and protect the welfare of dogs. throughout his life.
Organized jointly by Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club, Nicola Richards MP has the unique opportunity to celebrate their canine companion, Pablo, as well as raising awareness of an important issue that many dog owners face.
This year, the event focuses on fireworks, which can cause great distress to dogs all year round.
The contest will provide a platform for advice on how dog owners can minimize stress on their pets, and encourage the government to explore what can be done to better regulate the use of fireworks across the UK.
MP Nicola Richards said: “Pablo has brought so much joy to the house and with my extended family. He’s so loving that it’s just a joy to find him at home or to see him get excited every morning when we wake up – we can’t imagine life without him.
“He’s a very calm dog so I can take him with me when campaigning in West Bromwich East. He is such a sweet and loving dog and everyone who meets him adores him.
“Dog ownership has increased dramatically over the past two years, and this is a great opportunity to support all dog owners across the UK by highlighting an important topic, such as fireworks , which unfortunately cause worry and stress to many people. and their beloved pets.
“The occasional use of large fireworks throughout the year is not necessary and the public sale of fireworks should be limited.”
The competition also includes a ‘pawblic’ vote, Sir David Amess’ new pawblic voting prize, in which MPs solicit votes from their supporters for their dogs.
Further judging will be made on the day by representatives of Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club, who will examine the contestants on their dog-related actions.
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