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MSs and their dogs compete to be crowned first ‘Senedd Dog of the Year’

13 May 2024 3 minute read
Darren Millar, Conservative MS for Clwyd West and his Whippet, Blue & James Evans, Conservative MS for Brecon & Radnorshire and his Cocker Spaniel, Bonnie

Members of the Senedd and their dogs will go paw-to-paw to win the coveted title of ‘Senedd Dog of the Year’ 2024 in its inaugural year.

The event follows in the footsteps of the popular Westminster Dog of the Year and Holyrood Dog of the Year competitions.

On Thursday 23 May, dogs of all shapes and sizes, regardless of breed, or ‘pawlitical’ persuasion, will be strutting their stuff with their MS owners, as they head to Britania Park, Cardiff, to see who will be crowned “Top Dog”.

Janet Finch-Saunders, Conservative MS for Aberconwy and her Welsh Collie, Alfie

Organised jointly by The Kennel Club and Dogs Trust, Senedd Dog of the Year celebrates the unique bond between dogs and their owners and offers the opportunity for MSs to show off their loyal canine companions.

2024 contenders

  • Jane Dodds, Lib Dem MS for Mid & West Wales and her Greyhound, Wanda
  • Jack Sargeant, Labour MS for Alyn & Deeside and his Cavalier King Charlies Spaniel, Coco
  • James Evans, Conservative MS for Brecon & Radnorshire and his Cocker Spaniel, Bonnie
  • Janet Finch-Saunders, Conservative MS for Aberconwy and her Welsh Collie, Alfie
  • Darren Millar, Conservative MS for Clwyd West and his Whippet, Blue.

The MSs taking part alongside their canine friends are calling for their supporters to vote for them online, in a bid to win the ‘Pawblic’ vote.

Additional judging on the day will review the contestants on their good dog deeds and winning personalities, and one lucky dog will take home the ultimate parliamentary privilege of the ‘Senedd Dog of the Year 2024’ title.

Jack Sargeant, Labour MS for Alyn & Deeside and his Cavalier King Charlies Spaniel, Coco & Jane Dodds, Lib Dem MS for Mid and West Wales and her Greyhound, Wanda

To find out more about the competing MSs and their dogs, and to vote for Senedd Dog of the Year, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/sdoty .

Responsibility

As well as celebrating the joy of dogs, Senedd Dog of the Year will also focus on promoting responsible dog ownership, making sure that owners recognise the responsibility they have to ensure their pet is a positive member of the community and is able to live a happy and healthy life.

The event also encourages open dialogue on dog welfare issues, as well as providing an opportunity for MSs to meet with experts to discuss all aspects of the canine world.

The competition starts at 10.00am on Thursday 23 May at Britannia Park, Cardiff, CF10 4PA.


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