Rebecca Pow

Owner’s Name: Rebecca Pow

Dogs Name: Dogs Trust Rescue

Owners Constituency/ Region: Taunton Deane


Why have you chosen to enter with a Dogs Trust rescue dog?

Whilst I would love to own a dog of my own I lead a very busy life and it would not be fair on a dog to leave them alone for long periods of time, separation anxiety in dogs is a growing problem in this country.

‘Borrowing’ a Dogs Trust rescue dog once a year is one of the highlights of my Westminster calendar. Not only is it great fun, but it helps highlight the excellent work done by the Dogs Trust and showcases the diverse range of dogs they have available for rehoming and It also raises this important agenda of animal welfare.

What are your favourite characteristics in a dog?

Loyal, friendly and energetic dogs that like long walks in the Somerset countryside would be a must for my family.

However, characteristics in a dog are as much about the owner as they are about the dog and breed. It is vital to research what dog would suit your lifestyle and resources.

Why are dogs the best companion animals?

A properly trained dog can be a fantastic companion to anyone and a great addition to a family. However, in order to become well-rounded and fun pet it is vital that the right dog is chosen to join a family and that the dog is given the appropriate time, care and attention in order to thrive.

What dog welfare issues do you think need tackling?

I was pleased to see the increase in maximum sentencing available for offences of animal cruelty but there are many more issues to tackle.

Puppy smuggling, dog fighting, irresponsible breeding and livestock worrying are just a few issues that I would like to see addressed.

What role does training and socialisation play in a dog’s life?

Training and socialisation are vital ingredients for a happy dog and happy home. Ideally, these activities are best started as a puppy, but contrary to the old phrase, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Most behavioural issues in dogs stem from fear and a lack of understanding, socialisation and training help to reduce the chances of these problems arising in the first place.

We expect a lot of dogs as our companions, we ask them to go everywhere with us being friendly and happy but in equal measures we ask them to be separate from us for long periods of time, so we owe it to our pets to treat them fairly and this includes giving them the best possible start in life through training and socialization. 

Why should you and your Dogs Trust rescue dog be crowned Westminster Dog of the Year 2017?

I think that for the first time a Dog’s Trust rescue dog should be crowned the champion. More often than not a rescue dog has been through some level of hardship even if that simply means moving from their home and their family.

To have a rescue dog claim victory would demonstrate the immense value that a rescue dog can bring to a household and it would be a great pleasure to send them off to their new home with such a prestigious title.

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