The response we had to our search for this year’s Canine Critics was fur-nomenal and we were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of superb applicants. It certainly had us running in circles, and we spent a long time pawing through all the entries in a frantic bid to choose just ten.
But imagine our delight when the top dog here at the office announced that we’d be mutts not to allow the best of the rest to be our runners-up. So here they are – the ones that tied us in knots and made the decision-making process the opposite of a walkies in the park; the ones we thought deserved a special mention… and a Bonio or two (although other dog snacks are available).
It’s time to meet the 20 members of the Muttley Crew…
Fetch runners-up from:
Runners-up – Scotland
Names: Jura, Arla & Nora
Breed: French bulldogs
About us: We’re three friendly, full-of-fun, adventure-loving bulldogs who enjoy exploring new places and making friends along the way. We love a Sunday afternoon at a dog-friendly attraction or a bit of rock climbing on the beach.
Breed: Briard mix
About me: I’m a great adventure buddy and I love a road trip; I’m capable of sleeping anywhere and like nothing better than a good long walk in the countryside. My competition name is ‘Swamp Monster’ as rolling in the mud is my thing.
Runners-up – North East
About me: I’m a quirky pup who loves hiking through the countryside, dressing up in a variety of outfits - I particularly rocked #Dumbledog - and keeping all of my canine followers up to date on my antics and adventures!
Names: Domino & Poppy
Breed: Dalmatians (we think!!)
About us: We are rescued twins who are never far apart. We love nature, culture and a bit of a nosey at just about anything. Sniffing out new adventures -sandwiched with some snoozing - is our idea of heaven.
Runners-up – North West
About me: I have an irresistible zest for life and absolutely love to travel. I can’t walk without help, or my wheelchair, but I never let that stop me form experiencing new things and meeting new people. Mum also says I’m gorgeous... I have to agree!
About me: I’m a pretty amazing spaniel as I’ve been clever enough to save my owner’s life several times by warning her before she goes into anaphylaxis. She’s been my absolute best friend since she got me from a rescue centre when I was just 5 months old.
Runners-up – Yorkshire
Breed: Cocker spaniel
About me: I’m also known as Petrified Pete as I have a mystery medical condition which causes me to fall over when I’m scared, excited or for seemingly no reason at all! I’m happy all the time - I even smile - and I can think of nothing better than a snuggle on the sofa.
Breed: German shepherd
About me: I was originally meant to be a guard dog, but I’m too soft and lovable and just wanted to kiss everyone instead. Luckily, I now live with a fab family and I’m a happy and loving dog who can’t wait to go on a real family holiday.
Runners-up – Midlands
Names: Betty and Tinkerbelle
About us: We love visiting and exploring new places in the UK and have bags of personality. We're not too similar, though - Betty looks grumpyish and is totally ruled by food, while Tink is happiest when she's playing ball.
About me: I’m an incredibly lucky pup. I was rescued from the streets a week before Christmas and my owners raised the money to get me back to full health. I now love napping, snuggling, sunbathing and leaping out of bushes! Great game!
Runners-up – Wales
Breed: Pomsky (Husky and Pomeranian)
About me: I am the Ranulph Fiennes of the canine world: the ultimate explorer who goes wild for new places and loves to seek out adventure. I’m a cheeky chap who loves to pose in the outdoors.
Breed: English bulldog
About me: I’m clumsy but playful and adore nothing more than a good old nap. I love spending time with other four-pawed pals, as well as my two-legged friends – especially when they take me on new adventures.
Runners-up – East of England
Breed: King Charles cavalier spaniel
About me: I’m as lively as they come and love exploring places all over the UK. One of my favourite activities is rock climbing – despite my little legs, I love it! Me and human are best friends and we spend all of our time adventuring together.
Names: Barney, Benji & Monty
Breed: Miniature dachshunds
About us: We are triple trouble and love travelling all over the UK and Europe. Exploring new places and getting into mischief as well as posing for the camera is our thing – we also love rocking the odd hat or neckerchief!
Runners-up – London
About me: I’m a 4-year-old rescue pup with a heart as big as my ears. I love making new friends, having cuddles, belly rubs (I’m often found lying on my back waiting for an unsuspecting human) and running around in circles.
Breed: Czechoslovakian wolfdog
About me: I’m the one and only wolfdog of London and I love running free in forests and tall grass before taking a dip in a pond. Mind you, snoozing under the odd pub table or sofa is definitely my thing too!
Runners-up – South East
Name: Maggie (the Wunderdog) and Mishka
Breed: Unsure(!) and miniature husky
About us: I’m Maggie, a rescue, and I’ve experienced a pretty tough life including being shot and blinded while living in Lebanon. Despite this I’m now really happy and more than capable of being independent. I’m assistant manager at my outdoor dog daycare with my sister Mishka. We love snuggles and naps.
Breed: Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever (or 'toller' for short!)
About me: Active, cheeky and game for anything, I enjoy nothing more than romping around on new walking trails, rain or shine, before returning home, curling up, and dreaming about adventures yet to happen or my next agility competition.
Runners-up – South West
About me: I’m one of the cutest little guys ever, with an excitable personality and the biggest smile - people can’t help but grin when they see me. Despite my size, I throw myself into everything, I love a swim and regularly take flight (see above pic!)
Breed: Collie x German shepherd
About me: What can I say? I’m a handsome, rescued middle-aged gent with exceptional eyebrows and all my own teeth. I will do ANYTHING for cheese and I’m always up for meeting new people and trying new things. Party trick? Elvis face.
Think your dog has got what it takes to be next year's Canine Critic? You'll be able to sign up really soon. Or if your dog is more a fan of keeping a low profile and exploring new places then check out our full range of dog-friendly self-catering holiday cottages.