Sadie is top dog at Holyrood Dog of the Year

Sadie, a nine-month-old Cavapoo has today been crowned winner of the prestigious Holyrood Dog of the Year competition which took place on the 29th April 2019. 

Sadie who entered the event with Jeremy Balfour, Scottish Conservative MSP for Lothian, impressed the judges with her loveable character and devotion to her owner and constituents. 

The third Holyrood Dog of the Year competition, organised jointly with the Kennel Club, took place today in the Scottish Parliament gardens at Horse Wynd, Edinburgh. Sadie showed dogged determination as she battled it out to defeat nine ‘paw-litical’ opponents to win the coveted title of Holyrood Dog of the Year, arguably the most sought-after in Scottish politics. 

The MSPs entering the competition campaigned hard, canvassing for votes from the public before meeting the expert judges to share their dog’s heroic deeds and acts of devotion. This year, the event focused on the negative impact that fireworks can have on dog welfare, and how both dog owners and non-dog owners can help. 

Mr Balfour, entering his third Holyrood Dog of the Year competition, said:

"She's really good with children and she's really friendly - my two girls love her. 

"To win is absolutely brilliant, it's been a really fun day. 

"The whole point of the event is to publicise how good dogs can be for people and families; and also about looking after a dog and issues like the impact of fireworks." 

The judging panel – Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden and the Kennel Club’s Senior Health and Welfare Manager, Bill Lambert – spent the morning with dogs from different political persuasions and ambitions.

Scottish Greens MSP Alison Johnstone and Dogs Trust West Calder resident Georgie the Spaniel, came second, while Labour MSP Monica Lennon's excitable one-year-old Labradoodle, Cuillin, was third. The winner of the public vote was Labour MSP Iain Gray's trainee guide dog Giles.