Blind Terrier Poppy stole the show at Battersea’s Old Windsor Open Day in association with Petlog

A dog who lost her eyesight after suffering with Glaucoma won everybody’s hearts when she took centre stage at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Open Day in Old Windsor on Saturday.

02 July 2012
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

A dog who lost her eyesight after suffering with Glaucoma won everybody’s hearts when she took centre stage at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Open Day in Old Windsor on Saturday.

13-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Poppy and her owner Sam Jones from Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, enjoyed their moment in the spotlight when they won first prize in both the fancy dress and Best Battersea Dog categories.


More than 2,500 people descended on Battersea’s site in Priest Hill, Old Windsor for the Open Day highlight of the year. Visitors soaked up the sunshine as they browsed the stalls or took part in the dog competitions including Prettiest Lady, Waggiest Tail and Dog Who Looks Most Like Their Owner which was judged by celebrity guest broadcaster Paul Ross.

Sam and Poppy both entered into the spirit of the occasion as Sam dressed up as a circus Ringmaster and Poppy wore an elephant costume. They then returned for the final category and beat off competition from nearly 40 other fantastic dogs to win the accolade of Best Battersea Dog.


Sam and Poppy in full fancy dress

Sam rehomed Poppy five years ago from Battersea’s central London centre. Poppy had been brought into the Home when she was suffering with a severe case of Glaucoma and the charity’s vets decided the best treatment would be for her eyes to be removed. Since then she has gone from strength to strength.


Poppy and Sam with Paul Ross and Battersea Chief Executive Claire Horton

Sam said: “I can’t believe Poppy has done so well today, I’m really proud of her. Despite her blindness, she is such a brave little dog. She’s very independent and lives a full and happy life with me. She’s used to getting lots of attention, as people fall for her wherever she goes and often want to take her picture. Battersea’s staff had described her as ‘precious Poppy’ and that’s just perfect for her.”

Sam is devoted to caring  for Poppy and she makes sure she knows her way about their home by keeping all the furniture  in the exactly the same place. She always keeps Poppy on a lead when out on walks or in the park and makes sure she keeps a close eye on her when she is exploring their enclosed garden. Sam also provides Poppy with plenty of her favourite toys – squeaky balls.

Sam added: “I don’t see her as any different to other dogs really and she’s very special to me, she’s an amazing girl. The work that Battersea does to help dogs like Poppy is just wonderful.”

Claire Horton, Battersea’s Chief Executive, added: “Our Old Windsor Open Day is a real highlight in Battersea’s year and I’m thrilled there was such a massive turnout of over 2,600 people. We’re extremely lucky to have such wonderful support from dog lovers and owners who travel from near and far to join us for this annual spectacular.

“We were delighted to welcome Paul Ross who thoroughly enjoyed judging some of our fun dog classes and meeting the adorable Poppy who becomes an ambassador after winning ‘Best Battersea Dog’. She stole the show this year and owner Sam had us all in tears telling us of how much joy and happiness little Poppy who is now completely blind having lost her sight, brings to all of their lives.

PetLog_logoPetlog, the largest lost and found database for microchipped pets, sponsored the event. They scanned hundreds of doggy visitors to check that their contact details were up to date. Visitors could also enter Petlog’s free prize draw for a hamper of goodies and Petlog’s mascot, Chip, was a guest judge at the Fancy Dress Dog Show.

Owners of microchipped pets can upgrade to Petlog Premium – which allows you to update your pet’s details as many times as you need. It also provides access to Petlog’s unique Lost and Found service which includes automatic Lost Pet Alerts to local authorities within a 30-mile radius should you report your pet lost.


Golden Oldie winner Rosie


Handsomest winner Odie


Prettiest Lady winner Elise


Waggiest tail Winner Cara

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