NOAH and guest judge, Allen Parton, Vice-Chairman and Founder of charity Hounds for Heroes, have awarded Lucey Hardy and her pet rabbit, Anakin, from Leeds ‘best pet selfie’ in its #MeAndMyPet competition.
Lucey and Anakin 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.
Anakin, a Netherlands dwarf rabbit, beat off hundreds of other entries from proud pet owners across the nation with his great ‘selfie’ photo, excellent health care and regular nail trims to keep him looking and feeling great.
Anakin’s proud owner, Lucey from Leeds says:
“Anakin and I are so happy to have won the #MeAndMyPet competition. He is such a loyal and loving pet and I absolutely love taking care of him and making sure he is happy and healthy. It’s fantastic to be awarded for the efforts I go to and to be able to treat Anakin to some new toys and treats with our prize vouchers.”
John Davies Riand, Lucey’s vet at Vets4Pets, Easterly Road, comments:
“Lucey is very thorough at bringing Anakin in every six months for a health check and for making sure his nails are trimmed every two months. They really do have a very special bond and it’s great to hear that she has won a competition recognising this.”
NOAH Chief Executive, Dawn Howard comments:
“Judging by the number and quality of entries we’ve received for the competition, it’s clear that the bond between owners and pets is stronger than ever. Lucey and Anakin beat some really strong competition in this latest campaign and we’re delighted to name them as our #MeAndMyPet winner. We hope that their picture, showing how close they are and how Lucey cares for Anakin’s health, inspires other owners. Through the competition our aim is to promote the importance of a strong bond between pets and their owners, as well as reinforcing the vital role of keeping pets happy, healthy and loved. Whatever your pet loves to do, it is important that all animals are able to be in an environment where they feel loved and content, so it’s really encouraging to see so many pictures of owners and their pets living happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.”
Guest judge, Allen Parton, who worked closely with NOAH and to help judge the entries comments:
“It has been a real privilege to judge this special competition. All of the entries are winners in my eyes! Lucey and Anakin’s ‘selfie’ photo really highlights the beautiful bond that an owner should have with their pet.”