Once a year something very special comes to Chiswick in West London in the UK – it’s called the Chiswick Dog Show and people come from far and wide with their canine companions to celebrate this special day!
This year the day dawned clear and bright – a good sign for the many volunteers who had worked tirelessly for months on end to bring the dog show together. The weather in the UK can be very unpredictable and so it was with great relief that we saw the day promised to be unseasonably warm on this late Sunday in September.
I headed off to the show at midday with my son and my friends Dorota, Liz and her daughter Maria plus my charcoal grey Shihtzu Pedro.
As soon as we got there the first thing I noticed was the atmosphere. Everyone was happy and laughing and there was an amazing display of dogs on show. From Pomeranians to Pugs, Great Danes to German Shepherds and Chihuahuas to Chows – it seemed that every dog from miles around had come along to Chiswick House & Gardens to take part.
The first class we went to see was the Fancy Dress contest and we were amazed at the sheer ingenuity, creativity and sense of humour on display. From dogs dressed up as policemen, Miss Marple, the Lion from the Wizard of Oz, Scooby Doo and to the winner, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf – the Judges certainly had a tough time deciding!
We then went over to see the “My Dog’s Got Talent” class. Here we saw everything from a jumping Jack Russell to a prancing Pom. The winner, Willow had practised an amazing display of tricks and much to the crowd’s delight she won to great applause.
I was fortunate enough to do some reporting on the day for our local TV Channel Chiswickbuzz and get very close to all the action! The report will be out soon:
There was also a glittering array of celebrity Judges at this year’s show including the world renowned ballet dancer Wayne Sleep, actor Richard Lintern, Writer Steven Moffat, TV Presenter Mel Giedroyc and BBC Newsreader Jane Hill who brought a touch of glamour to the proceedings.
All in all it was a wonderful day celebrating the very best of our furry friends and the companionship that dogs bring us. In a world which has a lot of issues and problems at the moment it was wonderful to escape for a few hours and celebrate the age old partnership we have with our dogs.
We hope to see you there next year!
Lorna Ko is a TV Presenter & Journalist based in West London.