One of the highlights of the year is our annual Fun Dog Show on Tooting Common. For 2020 we were not able to hold it on the Common because of COVID, but we instead ran a ‘virtual’ Fun Dog Show – see report below.
For 2021 we are hoping to run the Fun Dog Show on the Common, on Sunday 5 September.
2020 Fun Dog Show
In 2020, we were not able to run our usual Fun Dog Show. Instead, we ran a ‘virtual’ Fun Dog Show, which we broadcast on Sunday 17 May 2020. It was a very enjoyable event, with a total of about 120 entrants across seven classes – Best puppy; Best rescue dog; Best looking hound; Best looking bitch; Best veteran; Best trick or action video; Dog that looks most like its owner.
A report on the Show – which lists the winners in each of the classes (with photos) is here:
The Show itself is here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-esB9nb8cs
Many thanks to everyone involved, particularly our judges: Councillor Jane Cooper (Mayor of Wandsworth); Mark Callis (of the Wandsworth Council Animal Welfare Service); Jacqueline Said (of Dogs of Tooting Common Facebook Group); Tim and Sally (of Downtown Woof); Matthew Billson (of the Tooting Commons MAC); Nick Heath (broadcaster and sports commentator); and Constable Selina Hill of the Wandsworth Parks Police.
The Show fundraised for the St George’s Hospital Charity’s Coronavirus Appeal, and we raised £475. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this.
2019 Fun Dog Show
Friends of Tooting Common’s annual Fun Dog Show was held on 9th June 2019, on the Events Field on Tooting Bec Common.
A wide range of breeds were represented in the 100 dogs entered in the show, with the usual range of sizes from chihuahuas and terrier puppies up to a Great Dane and an Irish Wolfhound, a previous winner of Best Puppy. There were about 450 spectators and competitors.
Our judges included Rosena Allin-Khan (MP for Tooting), Cllr Jane Cooper (Mayor of Wandsworth), Jacqueline Said (of the Dogs of Tooting Common), Jennifer and Lauren (from Streatham Hill Vets), and Downtown Woof.
Classes included Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Young and Junior Handlers, and Best Trick.
In the Young and Junior Handler classes, children had to take their dog for a trot around the ring, and then make them sit still, which is sometimes surprisingly difficult.
The Best Puppy class was judged by Rosena Allin-Khan MP and a large group of children, who enthusiastically voted for Pretzel the cavapoo, who was slightly overwhelmed by the attention.
Otis the Jack Russell won the Best Trick class by popular acclaim for his moving portrayal of “the injured soldier”.
Many thanks to the stalls and exhibitors who came to the Show: Downtown Woof, Pupsicle (ice cream for dogs), Wandsworth Council (Parks & Events Police, Dog Control Service, and Animal Welfare Service), Strays of Greece, Black Dog Bakery, Streatham Hill Vets, and Stranger Naans. Thank you in particular to Streatham Hill Vets, Black Dog Bakery and Downtown Woof for providing prizes.
Thanks to the entrants, the spectators, our volunteers, and the judges.
- Most handsome dog
- Prettiest bitch
- Junior handler – up to 8 years
- Young handler – 8 to 16 years
- Best puppy – under 18 months
- Best fancy dress
- Best veteran – over 8 years
- Best trick
- Best rescue
- Waggiest tail
Rosettes were awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Highly Commended.