Henry Smith MP and his five month old beagle, Frisbee, will be taking part in the Westminster Dog of the Year competition on Thursday, 29th October.
“I’m looking forward to bringing my canine comrade up to London and taking part in the Westminster Dog of the Year show next week.
“When it comes to voting, I hope people will see Frisbee, and spot the dog to win!”
“It will be a new experience for Frisbee to go for walkies in Westminter. With her dogged determination, I hope that people won’t paws in voting for her!”
The theme of this year’s event focuses on the need to protect access for dog walkers to the range of public open spaces in the UK, from parks and forests to beaches and moors – and to raise awareness of the health and welfare benefits dog walking brings to both dogs and their owners.
MPs have asked for supporters to vote for them and their dogs in a bid to win the public vote, which closes at 12 noon on Wednesday, 28th October.
The public vote, along with additional judging on the day which will review the contestants on their doggy deeds and winning personalities, will determine which political pooch will take home the title of Westminster Dog of the Year 2015.
The Westminster Dog of the Year 2015 competition starts at 10.00am on Thursday 29th October at Victoria Tower Gardens. The judging panel that will determine which dog wins includes Adrian Burder, Chief Executive of the Dogs Trust and Mark Cocozza, from the Kennel Club General Committee.
“There is of course a serious side to the event; to raise the profile of dog awareness issues, and I'm pleased to work on these matter as part of my ongoing campaigning on animal welfare.
“As the Co-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, I’m looking forward to the Group’s Dogs in Society conference in Westminster, on 25th November. The aim of the conference is to bring people together to discuss issues concerning dogs and identify meaningful ways we can all work together to improve dog health and welfare.”