07:58AM, Wednesday 08 July 2015
A recently rehomed Rottweiler from Windsor was crowned the Best Battersea Dog at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Old Windsor Fun Day on Saturday.
The eleven-year-old dog, Gibson, stole the hearts of judges including award-winning children’s author and Battersea ambassador Dame Jacqueline Wilson.
Gibson was rehomed from the Old Windsor centre in Priest Hill three months ago after his new owner Elaine Wishart spotted him while he was out walking with his foster carer.
Elaine said it was ‘love at first sight’ and immediately registered with the rescue centre to rehome the elderly Rottweiler.
A three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Daffy, won the handsomest dog prize and Oakley, a Jack Russell Terrier, wowed the judges with his bow and took home a rosette for the best trick competition.
Dame Jacqueline, author of the Tracy Beaker series, said: “Battersea Old Windsor does a great job rehoming over 1,300 animals a year and it’s wonderful to see so many happy and healthy dogs reunite for the fun day.
“I’ve really enjoyed meeting former Battersea residents and hearing how well they’re doing in their new homes.
“It was tough judging the classes because I wanted everyone to win, but the winners truly deserved the titles and I hope we’ll see them again at the event next year.”
Kaye Mughal, Battersea Old Windsor’s centre manager, added: “Dogs like Gibson show us how special it is to have a rescue dog in your life.
“It was fantastic seeing how settled he is with his new family.
“We’re so proud of all the dogs who won events on Saturday, we’d like to thank everyone who joined us and helped us to raise vital funds so we can continue to care for thousands of dogs and cats every year.”
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