Which Star Wars character won Best in Show at Essex Dog Day?

Winner of best in show Wookie and is owner received first prize from Jenny Tolhurst Picture: MARK JA

Winner of best in show Wookie and is owner received first prize from Jenny Tolhurst Picture: MARK JARVIS - Credit: Archant

No Darth Vader didn’t grace us with his presence but Wookie the Pekinese was able to grab Best in Show at the Essex Dog Day.

You know what they say about owners looking more and more like their dogs? Picture: MARK JARVIS

You know what they say about owners looking more and more like their dogs? Picture: MARK JARVIS - Credit: Archant

With a panel of judges before him, Wookie was able to sweep the highest accolade at this years event which was presented to him by Jennifer Tolhurst, Lord Lieutenant of Essex.

Wookie was rescued from a rural pub in Ireland where he was no longer wanted, his current owner Melanie Pettit from Maldon was overjoyed at the win.

She said: “He was originally called Diesel but he’s much too laid back and adorable for that.”

“So I named him after the Star War’s character because he looks like a Wookiee”.

The day featured many displays and dog related fun including the agility course Picture: MARK JARVIS

The day featured many displays and dog related fun including the agility course Picture: MARK JARVIS - Credit: Archant


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The event, held in the grounds of Crix a Georgian mansion in Hatfield Peverel, hosted thousands of dog lovers, their furry friends and featured displays from talented pups with the likes of the Sandon Police Dog Unit strutting their stuff.

The day also featured gun dog competitions, dog agility shows and the “waggiest tail” contest.

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Ian Twinley, owner of Crix and Chairman of the organising committee said: “Behind our aim of giving all these dog lovers and families some great bank holiday memories we are doing it all for charity having so far raised £416,000.

“All the money raised on the day goes to the prestigious Essex Community Foundation for distribution to Essex charities.”

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