As an animal lover and owner of cats & dogs, I was very happy to spend Sunday on Hampstead Heath in London, photographing the Mayhew Animal Rescue Centre‘s Charity Dog Show and Sponsored Walk. The charity this year celebrates 125 years of rescuing lost and unwanted dogs, cats and small furry critters here in London and this event is just one of their many annual fund raising events. Their work also involves supporting projects internationally to promote animal welfare and the humane management of homeless cats and dogs through a network of community animal care initiatives. If you think you could provide a loving home for one of the many dogs, cats and rabbits in the care of the Mayhew, please do get in touch in with them.
Our day started at 10.30 with the dog show – over 100 dogs entered in categories such as Prettiest Female, Most Handsome Male and Waggiest Tail – not exactly Crufts, but who needs that when everyone had a fantastic time and the dogs were all so happy and there was plenty of tail wagging round the bandstand show ground. The judges were picked from amongst the Mayhew’s celebrity supporters, including actor & Hampstead resident Peter Egan, Daily Star columnist Joe Mott and TV’s favourite Vet Marc Abraham, as well as one of the rescue centre vets, Gen Wilkinson.
After the show, a 4 mile sponsored walk round the heath finished the day – and yes, for those that know my aversion to exercize, especially where hills are involved, I did do the full walk, with full camera gear and great fun it was too!
So, some pictures from the day – if you were there and would like to buy prints with all proceeds going to the Mayhew, there is a full gallery HERE