We are thrilled to announce our judging panel for The Dog of Dublin 2017!
These three will have the task of whittling down the entrants to just 15, then joining them onstage with our MC, Darren Kennedy, for the final judging and the awarding of The Dog of Dublin 2017 title. (Enter your doggo here!)
Originally a Molecular Geneticist, Mia left her day job to work alongside her DogBoss, Milo the Labrador, and together they pursue their love for art, design, dogs and Liberty London Art fabrics at her label ‘Mia Loves Jay’. Specializing in handcrafted cushion designs, quirky, fun dog and animal characters are stitched onto a backdrop of carefully selected Liberty London Art Fabric, which compliments each loveable beastie character. Passionate about animals, she started out by donating her designs to her local animal shelter. From there, she began receiving individual commissions. Designs have been snapped up by famous personalities (including Neville Jacobs - Marc's dog) and she continues to support animal charities worldwide. She'll be keeping a close eye on the contestants sartorial presentation!
Grand high witch, fashion icon and drag legend Veda, has spent the last twenty years on cabaret stages around the world becoming the over night success she is today. She's a self made man made women and drag mother. Elements of magic, mayhem and mystery make this spellbinding entertainer one of the high lights the Dublin cabaret scene. We are delighted to have her expert eye for style and stage presence on this years panel. Sashay!
Claire Buckley is the Managing Director of Buck & Hound – a Dublin based consultancy that offers PR, social media and event management services. The company began in her home office as a solo endeavour with her trusty pooch, Stella by her side. It has since flourished offering consultation to incredible clients including The Doggie Do without ever losing sight of its humble beginnings – hence the name Buck & Hound. Claire is an unapologetic dog nut and fashion lover and so is well placed amid the esteemed panel of judges at this years Dog of Dublin event.