Babooshka's the fairest Mutt of them all
From amongst the hundreds of dogs who turned out for the 2010 Royal Canin SPCA Mutt of the Year the coveted title was awarded to Babooshka a 6 ½ year old mutt who was found on Rondebosch Common five years ago with her left legs wired together.
Babooshka’s owner Pam Newby of University Estate saw her picture in the newspaper and knew that she had been 'chosen' by Babooshka. Today the bond between them is palpable and the sweet-natured black cross-Tibetan Terrier bears no grudges to anyone despite the horrific abuse she had to endure.
'Before the event started I took Babooshka for her daily walk in Newlands forest and told her that whether she won or not she would always be my Mutt of the Year ' said Pam who told the competition judges that the little dog had become her shadow since the day she was rescued.
SPCA and Royal Canin judges also awarded prizes to the best pup which went to six year-old Frances Bruce of Wynberg and her 11 month old pup Patrick. The veteran-of-the-year title was won by 10 year old mutt Wingnut owned by Craig Ziman of Blouberg.
'This year the competitors made it really tough for the judges to choose one dog over another as there was a special relationship between all the owners and their dogs ' said event organiser Juan August. 'We were really thrilled that so many of the dogs entered had been rescued from a shelter.'
Over 1100 people attend the event and 200 entries were received for the three categories making the event the biggest to-date for the CoGH SPCA. Together with sponsorship from Royal Canin the event raised R70 000 in support of our work to help animals in need.