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PICTURES: Alan Carr and Michelle Collins host Great Hampstead Bark Off

15 May, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Alan Carr shares a joke with Julie King and Tucker

COMEDIAN Alan Carr and actress Michelle Collins took the lead roles on Sunday when a plethora of panting pooches went on parade at a charity dog show on Hampstead Heath.

They were among the celebrity judges who turned up to support All Dogs Matter’s much-loved Great Hampstead Bark Off, which saw breeds battling it out at Parliament Hill Fields in a host of fun categories, including the highly coveted Mr and Miss Heath titles. For the first time ever there was also a special children’s competition for young dog handlers.

Peter Egan and James Whale were judges

Actor Peter Egan, radio presenter James Whale, TV critic Kevin O’Sullivan and TV vet Marc Abraham were also among the well-known faces who had the arduous task of picking out the tail-wagging winners.

Backing All Dogs Matter’s “Keep Calm and Adopt A Dog” drive, Chatty Man Mr Carr, who judged the Best Rescue dog competition, joked: “I’m so nervous, do I get mean? I’m not a mean judge, I’m going to be a nice judge, like Cheryl. But just to let you know, I can be bribed.”

Mr Carr, who brought along his own furry favourites, Irish setters Bev and Joyce. added: “I’m a huge supporter of All Dog’s Matter, and I felt it was the least I could do coming along today. I’m just worried about being a judge, because I don’t want to upset anyone. I know how militant dog owners can be, but obviously mine are the best in the world.”

Rod Dalmaine with Ruby

Arti Bakrani with Mr Gizmo the pug

Among the jubilant owners were Billy Stainton, 8, and Jonah Brandon-Rocks, 9, from Tufnell Park, who saw their 20-week-old miniature schnauzer Monty voted cutest pup.

Collie cross Pippa also went home with a bag of goodies after winning the golden oldie competition. “She’s been through a lot recently,” said owner Nina May. “She has lymphoma and just started chemotherapy. She really deserved her prize.”

Billy Stanton, 8, and Jonah Brandon-Rocks, 9, with Monty, winner of the cutest pup contest

Ira Moss, general manager of All Dogs Matter, said: “We had a tremendous turn out. As always people were very generous, helping us raise almost £2,000 – which is almost double what we have raised in the past.”

Libby Standbridge, 13, with rescued dog

Anyone interested in adopting a dog, or becoming a temporary foster carer, should visit for more info.

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