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Bull Mastiff And Three-Legged Staffie Come Top At Battersea's Annual Reunion

By Liam Beauchamp-Jones | Pets

Hundreds of rescue dogs and their owners bounded to South West London this weekend for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s famous Annual Reunion.

Celebrity judges Holby City star Guy Henry and Kiss FM DJ Pandora helped choose the winners for a host of popular dog classes, which included Best Battersea Dog, sponsored by TrustedHousesitters.com, the world’s largest house and pet sitting business.


Sidney, winner of the coveted 'Best Battersea Dog' prize sponsored by TrustedHousesitters

Sidney the five-year-old Bull Mastiff swooped the coveted prize – well-deserved after his rocky start to life. The five-year-old was last at Battersea London six months ago. This was not the first time he had been at the rescue centre however, having originally been found as a stray, Sidney was microchipped but after getting in touch with his owners, they never showed up to collect him. He eventually went home to Linda Parsons, where they are both living a happy life together.  

Linda said: “Sidney is a great dog. He’s so friendly and soppy, I can’t imagine why anyone didn’t want to keep him. I’m so happy Sidney has won Best Battersea Dog and happy for Battersea too. We’re probably going to celebrate his win with too much food!”


Sidney with owner Linda receiving his prize from TrustedHousesitters staff member Angela

Another dog who caught the judges’ eyes was Peggy the three-legged Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who was named Dog The Judges Would Most Like To Take Home.

Sweet little Peggy came into Battersea back in 2015 as a young pup. Her front left leg was already amputated when she arrived and so staff had no idea what had happened to her in the early stages of her life. Luckily, her owner, Natasha Maffioletti from North London fell in love as soon as she saw her.


Peggy with owner Natasha receiving her 'Dog The Judges Would Most Like To Take Home' award

Speaking about the win, Natasha said: “I came here wanting to enter Peggy into a few classes today. I really wanted Peggy to win something and she did! She’s such a star.”

Guy Henry, who rehomed a Lurcher from Battersea Brands Hatch in 2015, added: “I’m incredibly thrilled to be at the Annual Reunion again. I was here last year and it’s a real honour to have been invited back to judge for a second year. It’s always extremely difficult to pick a winner out of all the fabulous waggy-tailed contestants. I’d love for every dog to win a prize.”

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