Microphone in hand, Kate Adie gave an entertaining running commentary on the canine contestants at Colten Care’s Castle View in Poundbury.
She then presented rosettes to the winners of categories such as ‘Dog most like owner’, ‘Most appealing eyes’ and ‘Best mover’.
The former BBC chief news correspondent accepted the home’s invite after learning that the show was in aid of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, a charity she supports.
Kate, who lives in Dorset, said: “As well as being able to help people with disabilities, dogs are great for companionship. This is especially true for older people who can find themselves lonely. A dog can really help to bring joy and company.”
Partially deaf since birth, Kate became well known for reporting from war zones around the world before going on to present From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4.
More than 100 people attended the Castle View event, including Dorchester Mayor David Taylor. There were 58 dogs registered in ten categories.
Home Manager Sarah Harper, whose own dog Alfie, a cavapoo, is a regular visitor to the home, said: “We’re thrilled that Kate was happy to come and support us. The residents loved meeting her. The show was a lot of fun, full of community spirit and it was a great day.”
Aside from the competitions, residents and visitors enjoyed a demonstration from dog training club the Purbeck Agility Group.
More than £400 was raised for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, a charity Castle View residents chose to support.
“We thank the local businesses who donated raffle prizes and all our visitors who were so generous on the day,” Sarah said.