Chiswick House Dog Show
Sunday 23 September 2018
The gardens of Chiswick House. There are several arenas and lots of stalls set up around the cricket pitch at the Staveley Rd end of the gardens. Entrance on Staveley Rd.
You don’t have to own a dog to enjoy the Chiswick House Dog Show. Unlike some of the famous shows, this is a dog show which doesn’t take itself too seriously. You can tell from the classes – Naughtiest Dog, Prettiest Bitch, My Dog’s got Talent, Best Veteran – to name a few, that this show is all about having fun. Nor is it exclusive; this is one dog show where being a pedigree won’t get you anywhere. All dogs are welcome and it costs just £3 to enter your dog in one of the classes.
Chiswick House Dog Show is an annual event, which started in 2005, run by local volunteers for the enjoyment of the whole community. It’s also an opportunity for all the dog walkers who regularly use the beautiful, award-winning grounds of Chiswick House (and there are many) to give something back, as this fun day out for all the family raises money to maintain the gardens – a wonderful, historic oasis in West London available to all for free.
Each year there is a theme (the Queen’s 90th birthday year it was ‘Kings and Queens’, Sherlock Holmes’ 135th anniversary it was ’Dog Detectives’) which inspires the fancy dress.
The judges are a closely guarded secret until the event itself but past years have seen radio and TV presenters Jane Hill, Jeremy Vine, Michael Ball, Mel Giedroyc, Ant McPartlin and Clare Balding, actors Richard Lintern and David Tennant, comedian Al Murray and dancer Wayne Sleep passing judgement along with local vets and veterinary nurses, dog groomers and dog walkers.
Should you be looking for a dog of your own, the Dogs Trust hold a re-homing parade for those wannabe dog-owners looking for a new best friend. Milo, the golden retriever pictured, found a loving home this way.
Among the stalls you will find an array of dog related consumables – pet portraits, cards, treats and every form of dog accessory imaginable – as well as a barbecue, beer and wine bars, Italian ice creams, aromatic coffee, cocktails, freshly cooked pizzas and fresh cooked churros.
Dog Day Afternoon, Chiswick style