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News 12.05.20

Virtual Fun Dog Show Winners and Runner-Ups Announced...

After much deliberating and difficult decisions our judges have now picked the winners and runner-ups for the dog show..

Firstly, we would like to thank everyone that entered our 'Online Virtual Fun Dog Show.' We were astounded by the number of entries received and by taking part you have helped us to raise an incredible £1,800 for the animals! Times are extremely difficult at the moment and we really are so grateful for every single entry, which will help us to continue our work and keep Raystede running.

We would also like to say a massive thank you to our judges who had the impossible task of narrowing down the entries to select one winner and three runner-ups for each category. We fell in love with all of your dogs and the photos and videos of your pooches really did bring us a lot of joy!

I'm sure you're all eager to find out who the winners are and to see the winning photos and videos, so here they are:


Our 'Best In Show' class was judged by the delectable television presenter Steve Jones, and the fabulous Trusted House-sitters who are one of our top corporate supporters. Trusted House-sitters remarked, "IMPOSSIBLE task, I want to choose them all' and Steve Jones said that all the photos and videos were, "An absolute joy' and that they were all "breath-taking."

Firstly our judges gave an honourable mention to the below entrants:

Alex Halliday, Amy Hodges, Indiana Edwards, Kat Hendrick, Lucy Aust, Helen Fribbens, Sophie Drake, Carly Hemming, Catherine Gregson-Bourke, and Lyubov Kolchina.

However, after much pondering, here's who they chose as the Best In Show Winner and Runner-Ups:


Sarah Dyer with her dog Meg.

Steve Jones described the photo of Meg as, "Wiry and fluffy at the same time with ears that could cut glass, this is a dog that blends business and pleasure with ease. I was instantly transfixed by the wisdom and depth in those eyes. If we were to look back at his/her family tree I’m convinced we would find some Vulcan in there. This is a truly striking pooch!"

Runner Ups:

Lucy Callaghan with her dog Echo

Steve Jones described Lucy's dog as, "Behold the visual representation of cheeky! She’s the kind of charming scamp that could get away with weeing on your bed without even receiving a cross word. As soon as I saw that smile that could get out of a speeding ticket and those ears that could pick up Sky for free, she had me under her spell. Gorgeous!

Amy Schofield with her dog Baxter

Ann Hathaway with her dog Tilly

Well done to our 'Best In Show' winners and runners up. We will be sending you your prizes in the post within the next few weeks. We'd also like to give a special thank you to photographer, Zoltan Attila Kecskes.

Zoltan came 2nd in the 2019 Kennel Club photographer of the year and is donating his 'Option 2 Portrait Package' (which is usually worth £150) to the winner of the Best in Show, which includes a free photo session gift card and 10 of your favourite digital images. You can view Zoltan's incredible work and wonderful photos by visiting his website.


The Biggest Smile class was judged by Petra and Barry who are proud owners of Bella the beautiful rescue Bichon Frise. Bella won the 2019 Crufts Pets As Therapy Dog Of The Year. Bella's lovely owners also said, "Gosh, it’s tough,” when narrowing down the Biggest Smilers.

Eventually they decided on:


Claire Byrd with her dog Esme

Runner Ups:

Sara Hopgood with her dog Mitty

Nicola Walker

Tasha Hodges with her dog Alani


This was our most popular category and was judged by Lottie, who is the head of marketing from Crowding Bricks Ltd. She said it was, “So hard to choose!”

Here are the results for this category:


Patricia Beattie with her dog Twiglet

Runner Ups:

Karen Palmer and her dog Kai

Alex Tomlins and her dog Dexter

Rosie Dyas and her dog Ruby


Lauren from the House Name Plate Company judged the Shiniest Coat category for us. Lauren said that, They were all adorable and it was a very hard choice.”


Kathleen Callaghan with her pup Pippin

Runners up:

Joanne Farrar with her dog Freya

Jackie Stopp with her dog Nala May

Chantal Robson with her dog Chester


We had a lot of entries where your dogs just weren't obeying the rules of social distancing. To judge the most rebellious dogs at social distancing we had actor and 2016 Big Brother Winner Jason Burrill look at the entries. Jason is also looking at taking on a challenge of his own for us and later in the year will do a 24 hour stay in a Raystede kennel.


Zoe Westcott with her dogs Monty and Maisie

Runner Ups:

Jade Spiro With Her Dog Kea (Click to watch video.)

Carolyn Tyrer with her dog Maisy

Jeanette Rogers With Her Dog Judy (Click to watch video.)


We were very impressed by how skilled your dogs are and it was great fun watching all their different tricks. We had the legendary David Dimbleby judge this class for us along with his granddaughter Olwen Dimbleby Weber who is 11 years old.

David said, "We want to congratulate all entries. What a great display of dog talent!" and also gave Amy Hodges a special mention for her social distancing dog, and the relevance of her entry during this lockdown period. However, here are the winners in this category:


Imogen Woodman with her dog Rumpelstiltskin. David Dimbleby said the trick was, “Quite amazing.”

(Unfortunately the video is too large to load on our website.)

Runner Ups:

Shane Pentecost With His Dog Gracie (Click to watch video.)

Jenny Williams And Her Dog (Click to watch video.)

Laura Manvell And Her Dog (Click to watch video.)


It was great to see so many happy dogs with wagging tails during these difficult times. This category was judged by Chloe and Joe from Lewes Nationwide. They really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful dogs and it brought smiles to their faces.

Here are the results:


Sara Hopgood With Her Dog Mitty

Runner Ups:

Lianne Foreman's Dog (Click to watch video.)

Kim Whetstone and her dog Finn ( Unfortunately the video is too large to load onto our website.)

Mollie Collins And Her Dog Rocky (Click to watch video.)

Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up. We will be posting out the rosettes and goody bags very soon. Thanks again to everyone that entered and took part and helped us raise a massive amount for the Raystede rescue animals.

If you would like to contact us at all, please message To see more of our upcoming events and ways you can support us, follow this link.

From the animals and team at Raystede we hope you take care of yourselves and stay safe and hopefully we will see you back at our centre when we reopen to the public. Thank You for all your support!

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