Last weekend, London’s pooches headed to Hampstead Heath for the annual Great Hampstead Bark Off, a cake and canine extravaganza organised by London Rescue and Rehoming Charity All Dogs Matter to raise money for the homeless dogs in their care.
A cake ‘Bark Off’ (doggy-themed of course) kicked off the day, followed by a celebrity-judged dog show with pooches competing for the Cutest Pup, Best Rescue, Golden Oldies and the coveted Mr & Mrs Hampstead titles.
As we were busy capturing the cute canines on camera, we couldn’t help but notice the need for a few more ‘alternative’ Bark Off categories. Here they are, along with our pick for the most worthy nominees…
1. Best Pupcake
The cakes were incredibly creative but for us the paws down most worthy nominee of this category was Ollie the Chihuahua in his ‘Best British Pupcake’ outfit. No competition on that one.
We’re not sure there was an official ‘Treat Tester’ Bark Off job on offer but nevertheless, little Barker of Barkers of Muswell Hill stepped up to the occasion and ‘reluctantly’ took on the role. Well done Barker for taking one (or several) for the team.
3. Best Judge
The ‘Best Judge’ award has to go the Lucy The Rescue Cavalier for her contortionist judging technique. At first we thought it was a clever way to get up close to the treats but then we realised this is just how she hangs…upside down most of the time. She didn’t even get up for Rachel Riley.
4. Best Ears
This is a category close to my heart seeing as I own one of these big-eared beauties. We just love a pair of ears that are simply too big for the rest of the dog and the more they stick out, the more we love them. This was by the category with by far the most nominees so maybe there should be a Best Ears category in the future (hint hint…not that we think we may win a prize or anything).
These puppies may be pint-sized (or not in the case of Jack in the bottom left), but they sure know how to strike a pose already.
6. Happiest Hound & Owner
Honor and her rescue dog Libby were grinning from ear to ear and having a wooferful time every time we saw them…clear nominees for our Happiest Hound & Owner category.
7. Best Celebpawties
Celebrity judge Rachel Riley came along to the event for the second year to stock up on canine cuddles (mostly from All Dogs Matter pup Gertie it seems) but our favourite nominees for this category are some of London’s four-legged celebpawties; From top right to left: Instagram sensation Winny The Corgi, Top Dog Model Basil Barkarama and Attlee the rescue dog turned travel writer of Phileas Dogg fame.
8. Best Puparazzi Shy Pups
Not everyone loves having their photo taken…these pups made it clear that being papped by the Dogvine Puparazzi was not their thing.
9. Best FurDo
These fantastic fluffy dos are winners for us. Why? Because they’re woof it of course!
10. Best Adopt Me Faces
The whole purpose of the event was to raise money to help homeless dogs but it was also a chance for people to meet some of those dogs. These pups were putting their best paw (and face) forward in the hope of meeting their new forever families – from top left to right: Hugo, Gertie, Blossom, Tinks and Heinz (who we just heard is now on reserve, yay!). It was a thoroughly wooftastic day and we’re pleased to report that the event raised £934.91 which will go help these and more dogs in need.
If you think we papped your pooch but you haven’t seen them yet, we’ve got more photos over on our Facebook Page…