'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
18:17 GMT, 9 November 2012
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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
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
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!'
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.
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.
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.'
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
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!'
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
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
WHAT'S YOUR INNER DOG BREED
Rebecca Adlington, swimmer: 'I'd be a Golden Retreiver because I'm big, blonde and slobbery!'
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, model: 'With hair like this I'd have to be a spaniel. And naturally I'd wear Dolce & Gabbana.'
Sarah Ann Macklin, model: 'I'd be a dachshund because they're long, like me.'
Amanda Holden, actor: 'I'd be a Shih Tzu – just because I like saying the word!'
Zandra Rhodes, designer: 'I'd be a poodle and I'd wear lots of jewellery – poodles look fabulous in diamonds!'
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