Rebecca Adlington, David Gandy and Tamara Ecclestone at Battersea Dogs Home gala ball


'I'm big, blonde and slobbery…like a Golden Retriever!' Rebecca Adlington, David Gandy and Tamara Ecclestone release their inner animals at Battersea Dogs Home gala ball
Collars & Coats Gala Ball 2012 included fashion 'Dogwalk'
Guests included Amanda Holden, Zandra Rhodes and Gary Lineker
Designers Vivienne Westwood, Philip Treacy, Jenny Packham, Henry Holland and Giles Deacon made coats for Battersea residents

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She's known for splashing about in the water – and were she a dog she admits she would probably be a breed that enjoys doing much the same.

British Olympic swimming sensation Rebecca Adlington has revealed her inner dog is a Golden Retriever or Labrador, 'because I'm big and blonde and slobbery!'.

Puppy love: Rebecca Adlington with a Battersea Dogs Home resident at the Collars & Coats Gala Ball 2012

Puppy love: Rebecca Adlington with a Battersea Dogs Home resident at the Collars & Coats Gala Ball 2012

The 23-year-old dog lover from
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was attending the Battersea Dogs & Cats
Home Coats & Collars Gala Ball 2012 in Battersea Park in London last
night.

Speaking to MailOnline, Adlington
said: 'I absolutely love dog. I've got two, my mum and dad have two, and
my sister has two, so whenever we go home at weekends there's six
little terrors running around causing mayhem.

'If I were a dog I'd definitely be a Golden Retreiver or a Labrador because I'm big and blonde and slobbery!'

Last
night's event saw model residents from the famous dog rescue home
strutting their four-legged stuff on the dogwalk, wearing coats and
collars made by designers including VIvienne Westwood, Jenny Packham,
Philip Treacy, Julien Macdonald, Matthew Williamson, Henry Holland,
Giles Deacon and Faberge.

Red carpet style: Swimmer Rebecca Adlington, wearing a Whistles dress, admits her inner dog is a Golden Retreiver

Doggy paddler: Rebecca Adlington adores dogs and has six in her family

Golden Retriever Swimmer Rebecca Adlington said her inner dog would be 'big, blonde and slobbery'

After the red carpet parade the dog clothes were auctioned over a star-studded dinner, to raise money and awareness for the animal rescue centre.

Other celebrities in attendance included Dolce & Gabanna model and Battersea Ambassador David Gandy and his model girlfriend Sarah Ann Macklin – who said they would be a spaniel and a dachshund, respectively.

Model behaviour: David Gandy and his girlfriend Sarah Ann Macklin at Battersea

'I'm a bit of a bulldog': Tamara Ecclestone at the charity gala ball

Doggy style: Models David Gandy and Sarah Ann Macklin, left, and socialite Tamara Ecclestone, right

Guest Tamara Ecclestone, who has two dogs, said her sister Petra often likens her to a particular breed of dog.

The daughter of Formula One supremo
Bernie Ecclestone said: I shouldn't say this but my sister always says I
have the characteristics of a bulldog because I'm lazy and stubborn. If
I were a bulldog I'd wear something Union Jack.'

She added: 'I have two chihuahaus
called Frankie and Duke, but they hate when I try to make them wear
clothes. And my sister only has big dogs and it's hard to get a
Rottweiler into anything. But I see lots of sequins in doggy style for 2013.'

Getting the giiggles: Actress Amanda Holden, who hosted the event, with one of Battersea's fluffiest residents

Matching jackets: Designer Henry Holland at the balll

Man's best friend: Actress Amanda Holden, left, and designer Henry Holland, right

Lady in red: Designer Zandra Rhodes decided to match her outfit to the carpet

Lady in red: Designer Zandra Rhodes decided to match her outfit to the carpet

Actress Amanda Holden hosted the
ceremony alongside presenter Paul O'Grady, and admitted her inner pooch
is a Shih Tzu: 'Just because I like saying the word!'

Designer
Henry Holland said he would most probably be a red setter with long
hair and corn rows, and Zandra Rhodes said she'd be a spaniel covered in
diamonds.

Frankie: The Battersea Beagle wears a Jenny Packham coat made from astroturf with floral detail

Frankie: The Battersea Beagle wears a Jenny Packham coat made from astroturf with floral detail

Dogwalk: Four of the star residents of the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Collars & Coats Gala Ball 2012

Dogwalk: Four of the star residents of the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Collars & Coats Gala Ball 2012

WHAT'S YOUR INNER DOG BREED

Rebecca Adlington

Golden Labrador

Rebecca Adlington, swimmer: 'I'd be a Golden Retreiver because I'm big, blonde and slobbery!'

Tamara Ecclestone

Bulldog

Tamara Ecclestone, socialite: 'My
sister always says I have the characteristics of a bulldog because I'm
stubborn and lazy. If I were one I'd have to wear something Union Jack.'

David Gandy

Spaniel

David Gandy, model: 'With hair like this I'd have to be a spaniel. And naturally I'd wear Dolce & Gabbana.'

Sarah Ann Macklin

Daschund

Sarah Ann Macklin, model: 'I'd be a dachshund because they're long, like me.'

Amanda Holden

Shih Tzu

Amanda Holden, actor: 'I'd be a Shih Tzu – just because I like saying the word!'

Zandra Rhodes

Poodle

Zandra Rhodes, designer: 'I'd be a poodle and I'd wear lots of jewellery – poodles look fabulous in diamonds!'

Henry Holland

Red Setter

Henry Holland, designer: 'I'd be a red setter with long hair and corn rows.'

DO THE DOGWALK! WATCH BATTERSEA'S FAMOUS RESIDENTS STRUT THEIR STUFF

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