22 October 2007

London's Dog Walk of Fame

Celebrity canines will be honored with their own walk of fame in south London's Battersea Park. The walk will open on November 5 when the first six inductees will be announced from a shortlist that includes some of the biggest dog stars of the past century. Some of the frontrunners for the initial plaque are Lassie, cartoon superdog Gromit, Tintin's trusty companion Snowy, and Toto from "The Wizard of Oz." Battersea Park was chosen as the location for the walk due to its proximity to London’s best-known dog shelter, the Battersea Dogs Home.

The dog walk of fame announcement comes weeks before canine movie stars are to be recognized at the inaugural Fido Awards, billed as the canine equivalent of the Academy Awards. Among the leading contenders are five corgis who starred alongside Oscar winner Helen Mirren in "The Queen."