Batley and Spen Dog of the Year launched by Tracy Brabin MP

The search is on to find Batley and Spen Dog of the Year as Tracy Brabin MP launches an exciting new competition to celebrate all that is good about our four-legged friends.

Following on from her beloved Labrador Rocky’s win at the 25th annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition, Ms Brabin decided that it was high time that local dogs were shouted about.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “Rocky has been the glue in holding my family together since I became an MP and he is a best friend to both of my daughters – without him we would be lost.

“A dog can offer so much to families and individuals in terms of companionship and both physical and mental health, and I believe it’s important to celebrate that.

“I was incredibly proud when Rocky was crowned Westminster Dog of the Year, thanks to the amazing training by my husband, Richard. Now I’d love to give others the opportunity to celebrate their beloved pooches.

“I’ll look forward to seeing the wonderful entries roll in and I’m sure the good people of Batley and Spen won’t disappoint.”

The Dog’s Trust, the UK’s largest welfare charity, are supporting Ms Brabin in her search for Batley and Spen Dog of the Year.

Dogs Trust Head of Public Affairs Claire Calder said: “Every year we hold the annual Westminster Dog of the Year event in London, which provides the opportunity for politicians to show the strong bond they have with their pooches, and of which Tracy and Rocky are the reigning champions.

“We are delighted to be supporting Tracy in her search for Batley and Spen’s Dog of the year. The competition is a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the many benefits of dog ownership.

“We look forward to seeing the entries and hearing why Tracy’s constituents believe their four- legged family member would make such a worthy winner.”

To enter the competition, all we ask is that owners send a picture of their pooch along with their pet’s name, age, breed, where they live and a brief explanation of why they are important to the family.

Expert judges will then sift through the entries and pick the winner and two runners up, who will all be invited to a prize giving ceremony.

Tracy has three pairs of day tickets to Crufts to give away to thanks to UK-wide dog welfare organisation The Kennel Club, and several boxes of Pedigree Dentastix that were gifted by Mars Petcare and Treats on a recent visit.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: “We are thrilled to see Tracy Brabin MP launch this competition to celebrate the bond between dogs and their owners. Dogs enrich the lives of so many people and Tracy and Rocky really exemplify this.”

Please email entries to which the subject heading ‘Batley and Spen Dog of the Year’ or post them to Tracy Brabin MP, 286 Oxford Road, Gomersall, BD19 4PY by 5pm on the 15th February.


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