VetBox at the Great Hampstead Bark Off

Last Sunday the VetBox team and I were very proud to be involved in The Great Hampstead Bark Off, an annual charity event hosted by All Dogs Matter.

Rachel Riley, Sir Peter Egan and Marc Abraham pose with one of the winners

I currently split my time between running VetBox and practising as a vet at the Arc Vet Centre in Muswell Hill, North London. At the practice we provide the veterinary care for most of the dogs that are rescued and cared for by All Dogs Matter. This work includes routine consultations, vaccinations and neutering, as well as more advanced treatments when necessary. It is extremely rewarding work and we try to help out the team at All Dogs Matter wherever possible!
It was because of this connection that I was asked to judge the Bark Off dog show alongside a number of All Dogs Matter’s celebrity supporters. I was joined by Countdown’s Rachel Riley, former Eastender, Michelle Collins, Sir Peter Egan and also TV Vet, Marc Abraham.

Will had the tough job of judging in the Cutest Dog category

We were very lucky with the weather, it was a beautiful sunny day on Hampstead Heath, which always helps with attendance numbers!
The first competition was The Bake Off and this year there were some superb cake entries, that not only looked great but tasted great too! There were entries both from professional bakers (see the pug below) but also from keen amateurs, and after the judging the cakes were all auctioned off for the charity.

Michelle Collins poses with two dogs (Clue: one is a cake)

Next up was the ‘Cutest Puppy’ contest followed by ‘Golden Oldies’, ‘Best Rescue’, ‘Mr Heath’ and ‘Miss Heath’. Up for grabs were some fantastic prizes including free VetBox subscriptions to the winner of the ‘Golden Bone’ prize each category. There were some lovely dogs on show so judging wasn’t easy. Coming to a unanimous decision between the judges was particularly difficult job!

The winners of the Golden Bone prize in each category received a 3 month VetBox subscription

It was especially nice to see so many dogs in attendance who’d been rescued and then re-homed by All Dogs Matter. All the money raised on the day will go towards supporting their continued efforts to help out dogs in need. We had a fantastic day and it was especially nice to speak to lots of pet owners who were enthusiastic about VetBox. We are looking forward to next year already!


To celebrate our involvement with the Bark Off and support for All Dogs Matter, you can get your first VetBox half price. Simply enter the code ALLDOGS at checkout.

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VetBox is a new service for UK pet owners created by Will Woodley BVetMed MRCVS.

Subscribers receive a monthly delivery of essential worm, flea and other health treatments chosen by vets specifically for their pet.

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