In Pictures: Wag the dog - MSPs upstaged by canine companions at Holyrood

Members of the Scottish Parliament have been competing with their pooches for the title of Holyrood Dog of the Year.

Politician Maurice Corry MSP and his dog Bobby tackle the obstacle course  (Jane Barlow/PA)
Maurice Corry MSP and his dog Bobby tackle the obstacle course (Jane Barlow/PA)

The competition, held in the Scottish Parliament Gardens, is organised by the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust.

Not sure who is meant to be doing the course (Jane Barlow/PA)
Not sure who is meant to be doing the course (Jane Barlow/PA)

The event, held by the two biggest canine welfare organisations in the UK, raises awareness of the issues affecting man's best friend and highlights the unique relationships between MSPs and their dogs.

Politician Maurice Corry MSP and his dog Bobby tackle the obstacle course  (Jane Barlow/PA)
Annie Wells MSP and her dog Aibert (Jane Barlow/PA)
David Torrance MSP and his dog Buster (Jane Barlow/PA)
David Torrance MSP and his dog Buster (Jane Barlow/PA)
Politicians Ruth Maguire (left) with Harley the dog and Gillian Martin with her dog Lucy take a selfie (Jane Barlow/PA)
Ruth Maguire (left) with Harley and Gillian Martin with Lucy take a selfie (Jane Barlow/PA)
Nice form from Maurice Corry MSP and his dog Bobby (Jane Barlow/PA)
Nice form from Bobby (Jane Barlow/PA)
Gillian Martin MSP with her dog Lucy showing who's the boss (Jane Barlow/PA)
Gillian Martin MSP with Lucy showing who's the boss (Jane Barlow/PA)
Lucy sizing up the next obstacle (Jane Barlow/PA)
Lucy sizing up the next obstacle (Jane Barlow/PA)
Harley taking everything in his stride (Jane Barlow/PA)
Harley taking everything in his stride (Jane Barlow/PA)
Maurice Golden MSP with his dog Leo after winning the Holyrood Dog of the Year 2018 (Jane Barlow/PA)
Maurice Golden MSP with his dog Leo after winning the Holyrood Dog of the Year 2018 title (Jane Barlow/PA)
To the victor, the spoils (Jane Barlow/PA)
To the victor, the spoils (Jane Barlow/PA)
(Left to right) Christine Grahame MSP with her dog Chloe, Maurice Golden MSP with his dog Leo and Mark Griffin MSP with Alfie  (Jane Barlow/PA)
Ladies and gentlemen, your champion pooches (Jane Barlow/PA)
All the contestants with their canine companions (Sandy Young/PA)
All the contestants with their canine companions (Sandy Young/PA)
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