Are you proud of your pooch? Hospice launches ‘Cutest Dog Contest’

Owners Lucy and Alistair Tawn (left) with last year's winning dog, Darcey.
Owners Lucy and Alistair Tawn (left) with last year's winning dog, Darcey.
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A CALL is being made for cute dogs to pull their best pooch pout on the dogwalk.

St Cuthbert’s hospice, in Durham, is launching its Cutest Dog Contest and wants owners to put forward their pets.

Contestants are invited to bring along their dogs to a professional photoshoot and be snapped by photographers from Alan Clarke Photography.

All contestants will receive a doggy bag, which includes a photo print of their dog and entry into the hospice’s annual Paws for a Cause dog walk in October.

There is also the chance to win a professional shoot for a family and their dog and a framed photo worth £395.

Event co-ordinator Laura Barker said: “This is the second time that we’ve ran the contest and after the incredible response we had last year, we didn’t think twice about bringing it back.

“Pets are the apple of their owner’s eye so we hope that lots of people will enter the competition to show off their pride pooches.”

Eight-year-old border collie Darcey, won the competition last year.

Her owners, Lucy and Alastair Tawn, of Tudhoe, said: “We thought the competition was a great idea and we were so thrilled when Darcey won.

“We always thought she was adorable but it was lovely to hear everyone else think so too.”

Contestants are invited to bring their dogs along to a photoshoot at the Chester-le-Street branch of Abbey Vets on August 31 and Millennium Square, in Durham City, on September 1 and 2.

The Cutest Dog Contest costs £20 per dog, which can be paid on the day.

The contests will be held on Friday, August 31, at Abbey Vets, Pelton Fell Road from 10am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2, at Millennium Square in Durham from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 1.30pm to 5.30pm on the Sunday.

The winning dog will be announced on Sunday, October 7, in Houghall Woods.

For more information about both events, contact Laura Barker on 386 1170 or go to

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