1 year ago
Barking mad. Barking brilliant. This year’s competition not only raised festive cheer, it also raised £250 for Battersea Cats & Dogs home.
On Saturday 10th December, flocks of dogs descended on The Windmill for Max’s 7th annual Christmas jumper competition. What an event it was! Dogs showed up in all their festive glory- big and small, young and old- the field of entries were as varied as the jumpers they were wearing.
And the outfits really were impressive. The effort that went into them was clear to see and we had many a (rightly) proud owner ready to show off their dog. We had a fabulous purple tinsel outfit, jumpers with slogans (“Who ate all the turkey”, “I’m snow cute”), a few elves, a couple of Santas, a classic paisley number… The riotous colours matched the riotous, joyful atmosphere. The mulled wine was flowing and the competitors were having a merry old time running around the pub.
The judging panel was made up of Ellie from Vets on the Common and yours truly- the Best Of Clapham team! 19 entries made the judging process tough, but the panel managed to whittle it down to our podium choices; in 3rd place we had Chewie. In a gorgeous green jumper we couldn’t say no to those Bernese Mountain dog puppy eyes! In 2nd place we had Hemingway, who woo-d us with his Santa costume, and in 1st position was Roxie, more costume than dog and absolutely scrumptious, this pugalier dressed as a Christmas pudding was a clear winner for us. We also had to make way for a new prize for four dogs; Baloo, Harper, Ziggy and Juno. The team prize went to this handsome group of hounds who were dressed in matching red and white jumpers with riding Father Christmas figures on their backs, it was impossible not to give them a shout out. We particularly liked the pup who’d had a bit too much rough and tumble pre-judging and as a result whose Father Christmas was missing a foot…
Of course Max himself was wandering around casting an eye over this year’s field of entries, without him and Ben (AKA owner of both Max and The Windmill) the event wouldn’t have been nearly as successful as it was. Thanks to Ellie, every entry trotted away with a Kong for their participation, and thank you to Woofs to Kitty’s and Muthapuppa who provided the prizes for the top 3. But a big congratulations to all the entries. You were all winners in our eyes and the effort and community spirit that radiated from the event was as warming as the Christmas jumpers themselves. Oh, and let’s not forget that a whopping £250 was raised for Battersea Cats and Dogs home too.
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