Gentle giant Galahad scoops ‘Oscar of the dog world'
The biggest dog ever to be rehomed by Dogs Trust has been crowned the Dog of the Year at a star-studded ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel, London last week.
Tipping the scales at 100kg, the same weight as a heavyweight boxer or baby elephant, the mammoth Mastiff called Galahad, walked the red carpet at the Daily Mirror’s People’s Pet Awards. The charismatic canine rubbed shoulders with stars including BBC broadcaster Nicky Campbell and the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother and owner of six dogs James Middleton.
Galahad, who likes nothing better than resting his giant frame on his own three-seater sofa for a dog nap, took the media attention in his stride. A seasoned media performer, in May he made global headlines when an appeal to find him a home went viral.
Dogs Trust Chief Executive, Owen Sharp, who was part of the judging panel that included 80’s pop icon Shirlie Kemp, Love Island host Laura Whitmore and BBC broadcaster Nicky Campbell, said:
“I’ve heard so much about Galahad and it was brilliant to finally have the chance to meet the lovable giant.
“The entire judging team were touched by the gentle giant’s journey to finding his forever home.
“The stories behind the award winners are all so heart-warming and inspirational – from campaigners who are working to change the law to help animals, to animals who have changed the lives of the people they share theirs with, just like Galahad.”
Broadcaster and Dogs Trust patron Eamonn Holmes who presented the award said:
“I think it’s amazing that this beautiful animal has found his forever home thanks to Dogs Trust.
“The Dimmock family [who adopted Galahad] obviously love him despite the size of the undertaking. This is a massive animal and this is a massive commitment the family have made, but they are all so happy.
“It makes me very proud to see dogs in loving families. There is a family for every dog and that’s why we should adopt them.”
Galahad’s owners, the Dimmock family from Canterbury - Colin, Lindy, 15-year-old Matthew and their other dog Odie – adopted him in June, during lockdown.
Speaking at the event Colin said:
“It feels quite surreal that he’s won this award, but he’s a really special dog and we’re thrilled. We’re so grateful to Dogs Trust for bringing him into our lives.
“Galahad is the fourth really big dog we’ve had and is actually the biggest of them all. Every one of them has been so loveable and loyal.
“He’s absolutely brilliant with Matthew, who is autistic. They have such a great relationship. He loves everything about Galahad, apart from the slobber and his snoring that’s so loud we can hear him from our bedroom!”
Leon Greenland, who works at Dogs Trust Canterbury where Galahad was cared for while a new home was found for him, attended the event. He said:
“Galahad made a huge impression on everyone at the centre, and we’re absolutely delighted that we were able to find him the perfect family.
“He’d had several homes already and it was so important that this one stuck.
“His personality is as big as he is and to see him again, with them, and hear about what he’s added to their lives, is wonderful.”
The People’s Pet Awards will be available to watch on YouTube on Tuesday (14 December) at 7pm. Watch here.