May 08 2013

North East Dog Competition 2013 Winners!!!

North East Dog Competition is a Barking Success!

We launched a North East Dog Competition on the back of Crufts in March and the final was held down Roker Beach on Saturday 27th April.

The 6 dog finalists each walked away with amazing prizes all donated by local businesses! Dog owners were asked to submit their entries by facebook with a photo and description of why their pooch should win. The voting was then opened to the public to vote for their favourites. Over 100 dogs entered, 2000 votes cast and over £500 in prizes was raised from local businesses.

The 6 finalists were Bailey (Lanchester), Maddy (Middlesbrough), Luna, Chewie, Zak (all three from Newcastle) and Elvis (Gateshead). Several local businesses donated dog prizes to a total worth over £600. Prizes up for grabs included: dog photography sessions, a weekend activity break, a new dog kennel, personalised dog collars, gift cards, dog hampers, dog beds and many more!

The 3 judges, Celebrity Chef Stacie Stewart, Andrea Parkin from Charity Animal Krackers and Debbie Simpson from Sunderland BIC had a very tough decision. In the end they crowned Bailey from Boxer Dog Rescue Northern England (BDNE) as the winner! Bailey walked away with £200 worth of prizes including a dog photography session, personalised dog collar and a hamper of goodies. All 5 other finalists came away with great prizes too!
(Photos taken by Sharleigh Bilton)
Bailey’s owner Lesley Smith said “Thank you so much, everyone has been amazing today, the judges were terrific and Bailey loves her prizes.”
Celebrity Chef Stacie Stewart added “I was absolutely thrilled to be a judge. All the dogs were wonderful and Bailey was a worthy winner.”
Andrea Parkin from Animal Krackers said “I’m honored and privileged to have been a judge and it was great to see responsible dog owners, and rescue dogs doing so well.” The North East HUB is an online organisation to support and promote the North East and was set up by Donna Petch, 31, Roker, over a year ago. The business has worked with hundreds of local businesses and events, and is going from strength to strength.Donna Petch said: “I am so pleased with how The North East HUB is growing and people are gaining more awareness of the support and services I can offer local businesses and events.”“Today was fantastic, I absolutely loved meeting all the dogs, the judges had a very tough decision to make. I will definitely be running another dog competition next year.”
The winners of the email (non-facebook entries) were Henry with 91 votes and Bobby came a close second with 84 votes.

Big thanks to everyone who entered, voted and our sponsors:

The North East Dog DirectoryStar pawsCentre BarksPawz n Clawz pet suppliesSit stay capturePawz and clawz dog walking servicesBarney’s CollarsP’etiquetter designer dog collarsMeadow Hill FeedsStacey-Jane Cushion DesignsHouse of houndsPaw patrolMorrisons and Pets at home.

See you next year!!!

If you would like to be a sponsor / supporter for the dog competition next year please email


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