Thursday, 16 October 2008

Spink is top dog in Westminster

Spink is top dog in Westminster as reported by the BBC below:

UKIP MP Bob Spink has won the Westminster dog of the year contest with his two greyhounds, Fozzy Bear and Jessie. Mr Spink, who defected to UKIP from the Conservatives earlier this year, beat off competition from 11 other entries.

A dog breeder, Mr Spink took on the retired greyhounds last Christmas and said he hoped his good experience would encourage more people to do the same.
"I am delighted we scored a victory for greyhounds as a breed," he said.The contest, run by canine welfare organisation the Kennel Club, is open to MPs, peers and political journalists.One of the aims of the event - now in its 17th year - is to promote responsible dog ownership and create an awareness of canine welfare issues.

Both six-year old Fozzy Bear and five-year old Jessie were successful during their racing career. Mr Spink, who has bred bearded collies in the past, says being able to give the dogs a home afterwards had "transformed" his life.

"They make wonderful pets and are very easy to care for," he said. "They are charming and gentle and don't need much exercise. They are altogether lovely dogs."
Roger Gale and Andrew Rosindell, both Conservatives, filled the runner-up spots.