NOAH and guest judge, Amateur Photographer magazine, have named Sadie, a miniature Schnauzer from Brighton as Britain’s most awesome autumn pet following a nationwide search for pets that are embracing this season of change.
Sadie caught the attention of the judges during the competition, which ran as part of the organisation’s Happy, Healthy Pets Project – an online gallery aiming to build the UK’s largest ever picture of pet health. Following its launch in 2015, the Happy Healthy Pets Project now stands at thousands of fantastic images of much-loved pets from all over the UK, making it the biggest gallery of its kind and helping put owners in the picture when it comes to pet health by directing them to independent, expert advice on pethealthinfo.org.uk.
Sadie beat off hundreds of other entries from proud pet owners across the nation with an image that truly captures the essence of pets enjoying the changing season.
Sadie’s proud owner Lance Bellers, from Brighton says:
“Our miniature Schnauzer Sadie is full of beans and loves nothing more than a walk in the woods, if it's muddy then all the better. This picture was on a trip to Buchan park near Crawley which is a lovely spot and great for dog walkers. My daughter noticed that the sunlight was catching on the spray from the ball when she threw it for Sadie and I managed to capture this image on the first attempt - bit of a fluke probably. She had lobbied me and my wife for literally years to get a dog and we eventually agreed - best thing we ever did!”
NOAH Chief Executive, Dawn Howard comments:
“Judging by the number and quality of entries we’ve received for the competition, it’s not just pet owners who are embracing the changing of the season. Sadie’s beat some really strong competition this year. We are delighted to name her as our Autumn Pets winner and hope that her picture and zest for life inspires other pets and owners alike. Through the competition and the wider I Heart My Pet campaign, our aim is to promote the importance health and welfare of animals, as well as reinforcing the vital role of keeping pets happy, healthy and warm when it comes to the change in seasons. Whatever your pet loves to do, it is important that all animals are able to be in an environment where they can live happily and healthily, benefiting from their surroundings. It’s encouraging to see so many pictures of pets in the UK doing just that this autumn.”
Guest judge, Senior Features Writer at Amateur Photographer Magazine, Oliver Atwell said:
This is an image that stood out because it was one of the few that featured not just a dog at play but also a human element. It’s an image that sums up the relationship we have with our pets. We all know what a joy it can be to while away the hours with our pet as we toss a ball through the air and watch as they lose their minds attempting to retrieve it. It’s a perfectly timed image with the ball in the frame and illuminated by a thin shaft of sunlight. Not only that but we have the dog suspended in mid-air as it dashes across the dirt path towards its goal. It’s a lovely image that works on so many levels.
Lynsey Tindall DipAVN RVN, Sadie’s Vet from New Priory Vets in Brighton said:
“We are delighted to see that Sadie has won the Autumn Pets competition- what a fabulous photograph! Walking and playing outside is essential to a dog's health and welfare. Exercise and stimulation both contribute to physical and mental wellbeing and as owners we must make sure we provide our dogs with plenty of opportunities to maintain health and fitness.”
For more information or to submit photos to NOAH’s Happy, Healthy Pets Gallery, simply visit www.pethealthinfo.org.uk.