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Picture special: Annual Pup Idol dog show delights pet-lovers in Hampstead

PUBLISHED: 09:55 24 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:55 24 July 2018

Compere Phil Lassman interviews Mr Hampstead contestant, Marcel the French Bulldog, with his dad Stephen Amewode. Picture: Polly Hancock

Compere Phil Lassman interviews Mr Hampstead contestant, Marcel the French Bulldog, with his dad Stephen Amewode. Picture: Polly Hancock

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One hundred dogs took over a Hampstead pub last weekend for the annual Pup Idol extravaganza run by local charity All Dogs Matter.

Judges Pip Tomson, Anneka Svenska, Anna Webb and Anne from Beautiful Joe's natural dog treats. Picture: Polly HancockJudges Pip Tomson, Anneka Svenska, Anna Webb and Anne from Beautiful Joe's natural dog treats. Picture: Polly Hancock

Onlookers including comedian and actor Ricky Gervais saw man’s best friend compete across six categories at the The Garden Gate pub in South End Green.

The show opened with the Cutest Pup category, followed by Mr and Miss Hampstead, Golden Oldie, Best Rescue and Best in Show.

Ira Moss, who runs All Dogs Matter, told the Ham&High: “It was a great event. It was well-attended, and thankfully, very well-shaded for the dogs - so none of them overheated despite the weather!”

Judges, including actor and charity patron Peter Egan, Pip Tomson from GMB, Anna Webb dog expert and co-host of The Barking Hour on BBC London, Anneka Svenska wildlife presenter and conservationist, with Best In Show winner Finnick and owner Martin Ryan. Picture: Polly HancockJudges, including actor and charity patron Peter Egan, Pip Tomson from GMB, Anna Webb dog expert and co-host of The Barking Hour on BBC London, Anneka Svenska wildlife presenter and conservationist, with Best In Show winner Finnick and owner Martin Ryan. Picture: Polly Hancock

Judges at the event included Good Morning Britain’s Pip Tomson and the BBC’s dog expert Anna Webb.

Ira added; “We were delighted to raise just over a thousand pounds, it was really well worth it.”

Rescue dog Petal, a spaniel, was one of the big winners, picking up the Cutest Puppy trophy, while Finnick, an unusual dutch barge breed, picked up Best in Show.

Mr Hampstead winner Finnick, with owner Martin Ryan from Crouch End. Picture: Polly HancockMr Hampstead winner Finnick, with owner Martin Ryan from Crouch End. Picture: Polly Hancock

Maude, one of the Miss Hampstead contestants at All Dog's Matter's Pup Idol. Picture: Polly HancockMaude, one of the Miss Hampstead contestants at All Dog's Matter's Pup Idol. Picture: Polly Hancock

Linus, a rescue dog from Brooklyn, waits his turn in the Mr Hampstead catagory. Picture: Polly HancockLinus, a rescue dog from Brooklyn, waits his turn in the Mr Hampstead catagory. Picture: Polly Hancock

The winners of 'Best Rescue'  with judge, and Good Morning Britain presenter Pip Tomson - who also adopted a rescue dog from All Dogs Matter. Picture: Polly HancockThe winners of 'Best Rescue' with judge, and Good Morning Britain presenter Pip Tomson - who also adopted a rescue dog from All Dogs Matter. Picture: Polly Hancock

An inquisitive canine at the Pup Idol event. Picture: Polly HancockAn inquisitive canine at the Pup Idol event. Picture: Polly Hancock

Miss Hampstead contestant, Lola the French Bulldog, with owner Chloe Waters aged 10. Picture: Polly HancockMiss Hampstead contestant, Lola the French Bulldog, with owner Chloe Waters aged 10. Picture: Polly Hancock

Clementine the dog makes an impressive entrance at the All Dogs Matter annual Pup Idol event at the Garden Gate pub. Picture: Polly HancockClementine the dog makes an impressive entrance at the All Dogs Matter annual Pup Idol event at the Garden Gate pub. Picture: Polly Hancock

Clementine the bulldog. Picture: Clever ClementineClementine the bulldog. Picture: Clever Clementine

A furry embrace at the Pup Idol show in South End Green. Picture: Clever ClementineA furry embrace at the Pup Idol show in South End Green. Picture: Clever Clementine

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