VOTING for the first set of Pawscar awards starts today (Friday). You can vote using the form on page 17 of this week’s paper or go to dogworld.co.uk and click on The Pawscars button.
The awards themselves will be handed out at a gala dinner in the Metropole Hotel near the NEC on March 5 – the night before Crufts opens its doors. The awards will recognise success, hard work and effort in all areas of the pedigree dog show scene, and are about celebrating all that is good on the UK dog scene. They will raise more money for good causes. Some of the biggest businesses that serve the world of dogs have lined up to offer their support.
The Pawscars were the brainchild of Gavin Robertson, handler of last year’s Crufts best in show winner Ch Soletrader Peek A Boo (Jilly) and Dog World managing director Stuart Baillie, and both men have been overwhelmed by the warmth of the reception their idea has received.
Awards presented on the night will be Championship Show of the Year, sponsored by Eukanuba; Training class of the Year and Breeder of the Year sponsored by Royal Canin; Journalist of the Year sponsored by Premier Animal Housing; Exhibitor of the Year sponsored by Dorwest; Junior Handler of the Year sponsored by Dog World; Steward of the Year sponsored by the Kennel Club; Trade Stand of the Year sponsored by Fosse Data; Open Show of the Year sponsored by Lintbells; Breed Note Writer of the Year sponsored by Arden Grange; Judge of the Year sponsored by Purina; Photographer of the Year sponsored by Challenge and Mariners’ Choice; Unsung Hero sponsored by Happy Dog; and an award for outstanding achievement which will be sponsored by the Peek A Boo Trust which will also be launched at the event.
The winners of the Arden Grange/Dog World Top Dog, Royal Canin/Dog World Top Stud and Lintbells/Dog World Top Brood Bitch as well as the winner of the Pro Plan/Dog World Pup of the Year will also be honoured on the night.
You can buy your tickets for the big night – which will include a three-course dinner and wine – now at www.dogworldshop.com.