Giles wins ‘pawblic’ vote in ‘Holyrood Dog of the Year’ contest

Iain Gray MSP’s nine-month-old Labrador/Retriever cross Guide Dog Puppy, Giles, has been declared the winner of the public vote in the ‘Holyrood Dog of the Year’ contest.

Iain and Giles were competing against a range of other MSPs and their dogs at the annual competition, which is organised jointly by the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust.

Mr Gray had entered Giles to help raise awareness of the role of Guide Dog Puppies and the search for new puppy walkers to help train the next generation of guide dogs.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“We’re delighted that Giles has won the public vote to be crowned the Holyrood Dog of the Year. I want to thank everyone who took the time to vote for Giles and support him on social media. 

“Of course, the main reason for entering him in the contest was to help raise awareness of the vitally important role of guide dogs and the need for more puppy walkers. I hope that by highlighting the difference dedicated Guide Dog Puppies like Giles can make to people’s lives we can encourage others to consider coming forward as puppy walkers to help train more dogs in the future.”

Details of MSPs and dogs entered for Holyrood Dog of the Year can be found at