Pooch politics underway in Edinburgh

By Nick Keyden

Voting is underway to find Holyrood’s top political pup in its first ever Dog of the year competition.

MSP’s from across the Scottish Parliament have nominated their “pawfect” pooches in the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust run event to find out who’s is top dog.

The event will take place at the Scottish Parliament next month and look to mimic the annual Westminster contest.

The early favourite appears to be SNP MSP Tom Arthur’s one-year-old pug Mi-Mi, who lists her top doggy achievement as “successfully negotiated designated doggy space in the middle of the bed.”

She will face stiff competition from Tory MSP Ross Thomson’s sassy 6 month-old Jack Russel cross Poppy, who aims to emulate her heroes Kezia “Dogdale” and “Woof” Davidson.

Labour member Pauline MacNeill’s German shepherd Harry is the underdog of the competition, as she calls for the regulation of the sale of puppies, the abolition of shock collars and an end cruelty to puppies.

The Dogs Trust hope the event will raise canine awareness and promote the “unique relationships between MSP’s and their dogs.”

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