Bluesy and Mark Ruskell MSP win 'Paw-blic' vote at Holyrood Dog of the Year

There was a worthy winner at Holyrood today as Bluesy, a five-year-old Greyhound, was crowned winner of the ‘paw-blic’ vote at the Holyrood Dog of the Year competition 2022. 

Bluesy, who entered the event with Mark Ruskell MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, impressed the public with her charming nature, who voted in their droves to see her scoop the title. 

The competition, organised by Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club, took place today (Monday 9th May) in the Scottish Parliament Gardens, Holyrood, where the winner of the ‘paw-blic’ vote was crowned alongside the overall competition winner, Mabel, entered with Christine Grahame MSP. 

The public were asked to vote for the political pooch they deemed to be the most deserving based on their top dog credentials through their canine CVs which includes a series of questions put to MSPs about their dogs. 

The MSPs entered in the competition and campaigned hard, canvassing for votes from the public. Following a well-fought social media battle, Bluesy emerged victorious, showing she really is the people’s pooch after receiving a staggering number of votes via The Kennel Club’s website, beating 12 paw-litical opponents. 

Mark Ruskell MSP said of winning dog, Bluesy:

“I am delighted to win with a Greyhound. It’s thanks to the huge public support for the breed, and it shows how successful Greyhound rehoming can be and the need for reform in Greyhound racing. “It’s great to see so many colleagues out today with their dogs, at a really good event, which was some light relief after last week’s elections.”  

Owen Sharp, Dogs Trust CEO said:

“With the last Holyrood Dog of the Year taking place in 2019, it is wonderful to be back in Edinburgh to celebrate our canine companions. All of the dogs who took part today are winners, and congratulations to Bluesy and Mark Ruskell MSP for winning the ‘paw-blic’ vote. Thank you to everyone who voted and to all the MSPs and their devoted dogs for making this year’s event so memorable.”  

Bill Lambert, Health, Welfare and Breeder Services Executive at The Kennel Club added:

“Many congratulations to Bluesy and Mark for winning the hearts of the public in today’s Holyrood Dog of the Year. All the MSPs and their dogs were worthy winners, and the competition is a fantastic way to raise awareness of the issues currently affecting man’s best friend.” 

The overall victor in the Holyrood Dog of the Year competition was Mabel, a German Shorthaired Pointer entered with Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale. Leading the opposition in second place was Pam Duncan-Glancy, MSP for Glasgow competing with Tony a Cockapoo, and with a place in the (trophy) cabinet awarded to Cockapoo Ollie, a Dogs Trust rescue dog, presented by Clare Adamson, MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw in third. 

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