About The Pawscars

Back in 2013, Jilly's Jolly Jaunt was an outstanding success, raising just short of £50,000 for good causes and bringing the world of dogs together in a quite remarkable way.

The story could have ended there, but two weeks after the funds from the Jolly Jaunt were distributed to Great Ormond Street Hospital, DogLost and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust the next chapter of the story was started which led to the inaugural PAWSCARS on March 4th 2014 at The Hilton Metropole Birmingham NEC.

On that evening awards were made that recognised success, hard work and effort in all areas of the pedigree dog show scene and was a celebration of all that is good in the world of dog showing in the UK. It also established the PAWSCARS as a premier event in the UK pedigree dog world calendar and what is even better is that the PAWSCARS will raise money for good causes and with the backing of some of the biggest businesses in the industry.

The PAWSCARS is just half the because in March 2014 The Peek A Boo Trust was also launched. It was set up to encourage fundraising throughout the world of pedigree dogs and is charged with distributing funds to children's and canine charities. It is hoped that individuals and groups involved in the show dog scene will get behind The Peek A Boo Trust and hold their own fund raising effort, no matter the size of the event every £ will count.

The PAWSCARS and The Peek A Boo Trust were the brainchild of Gavin Robertson, handler of 2013 Crufts Best In Show Winner, Ch Soletrader Peek A Boo, or 'Jilly' and Dog World managing director Stuart Baillie.

Gavin said: "I was just blown away by the support we received for Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt and it’s not just about the amount of money we’ve raised – it’s about the support we received from all over the UK and abroad. It was heart-warming to see the way the world of dogs got behind the idea and demonstrated their support in so many ways. And of course at the end of the day we raised almost £50,000!

"When we came up with the idea of the walk in my wildest dreams I thought we might manage to raise £25,000, so to end up with almost twice that amount is a tribute to everyone who offered their help, support and encouragement along the way.”

Stuart said: "Dog World was keen to get behind Jilly's Jolly Jaunt from the outset and we were amazed to watch the total raised rise and rise. I took part in the final day of the walk and felt truly honoured to be part of it. It was then that I started to have the kernel of an idea about setting up a trust to keep the good work going.

"I sent Gavin some ideas and when we met up at Windsor championship show we discovered we had both been thinking along similar lines. Shortly afterwards at a meeting in a service station off the M25 the concept for the PAWSCARS and The Peek a Boo Trust was born.”

The dog show community will be able to nominate those individuals, organisations and businesses they believe worthy of recognition; The PAWSCARS Committee will then take forwards a shortlist for a public vote. The lucky winners will receive their award on the night.

The majority of awards will be voted on by the public with the Awards presented on the night. The PAWSCARS committee will also aim to recognise those often unsung heroes who will be invited to join The PAWSCARS Hall Of Fame and The Peek A Boo Trust's award for Outstanding Achievement. In addition to the awards, The PAWSCARS will also recognise the winners of the Arden Grange / Dog World Top Dog, Royal Canin / Dog World Top Stud and Yumega Showdog & Boost / Dog World Top Brood Bitch competitions annually.