One of the highlights of the happening will be the celebrity-judged dog show, with the following famous friends of Fidos and felines stepping into the roles of judges:
- Actor Jim Carter, who portrays Mr. Carson the butler on Downton Abbey, will serve as a judge for the Prettiest Lady category alongside his leading lady in real life, actress Imelda Staunton (who fans of Harry Potter know as Professor Dolores Umbridge.) Long time supporters of The Mayhew Animal Home, the canine-loving couple are the proud pet parents of one of the rescue’s former resident Rovers, a tiny terrier named Mollie.
- The title of Handsomest Male will be awarded by ardent animal advocates Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey‘s cook, Mrs. Patmore) and Peter Egan (Shrimpy in the Downton Abbey 2012 Christmas special). The acclaimed actor will also share the task of determining the winner of the Best Friends category with the founder of Pup Aid, celebrity vet Marc Abraham. Speaking about the upcoming event, Peter Egan stated: “I’ve been an avid supporter of The Mayhew for many years now as I wholeheartedly believe it is essential for their charity to be able to continue its vital work in the heart of London, rescuing and rehoming animals in need. I am delighted to be able to judge at the Hyde Bark dog show and do my part to help raise awareness for The Mayhew and the dogs still awaiting new homes.”
- Actress Helen George, who helps deliver bundles of joy as nurse Trixie Franklin on the popular series Call the Midwife, will bring joy to the winners in the Rock Star and Best in Show categories. “The Mayhew is my local rescue centre in London, which is why I am so pleased to have been invited to join them to judge at Hyde Bark. I can’t wait to meet all the dogs entering the show and I’m bringing my own two along to enjoy all the fantastic canine fun and games that The Mayhew has arranged for our four legged friends.” the star stated.
- Fans who tune in to the BBC London radio program Barking at the Moon will listen intently as Joanne Good and Anna Webb proclaim the winner in the Owner Lookalike category.
- Author/comedian Bill Oddie will present the award for Best Veteran.
- Television presenter/animal rights campaigner Wendy Turner Webster will decide the recipient of the Best Rescue (most inspiring story) award.
- Along with the dog show, attendees can meet some celebrity Spots like Dodger, a rescue dog who stars as ‘Buddy’ in the Britcom Doc Martin; and Tori, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who shared the screen with Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria.
- Enjoy a constitutional with your canine by signing up for the dog walk.
- Book signings by The Barking Blondes (Jo Good and Anna Webb) and celebrity vet Marc Abraham.
- Pet parents can let their four-pawed pal show off their skills on an agility course.
- Have a question about your canine? The event offers an opportunity to ask a dog trainer or pet behavior specialist.
- Meet some of The Mayhew Animal Home’s adorable adoptables.
…and much more!
Last year Hyde Park raised almost £20,000 for The Mayhew Animal Home, which has cared for homeless animals since 1886.
When: June 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Hyde Park, The Cockpit, Serpentine Road in London
For more information:
- visit http://themayhew.org