A Plymouth dog and his owner have been crowned the winners of PDSA's Picture Purrrfect photograph competition. The picture (right) of Jim Dudley and his two-and-a-half-year-old rough collie, Lady, won over the hearts of judges at PDSA, the UK's leading veterinary charity.
The idea behind the PDSA Picture Purrrfect competition, which invited pet owners across the nation to send in their favourite pet pictures, was to celebrate the important role pets play in people's lives. PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Elaine Pendlebury, one of the judges' comments:
"Our mission was to find a picture which truly captured the bond between a pet and owner and Jim's photograph had everything we were looking for."
In the photograph Jim is pictured sitting on a hillside with his beloved Lady. "The way Lady is looking up at Jim with her paw resting on his arm shows real companionship and affection," says Elaine.
Jim comments: "I have two dogs and both of them are wonderful companions. This photo has always been a personal favourite of mine but I never thought it would win. Lady is a very affectionate and loyal dog and we are never far from each other's side."
There were also two runners-up in the competition - Jacqueline Mercer from Thamesmead and her four-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Milo and Caroline Boyce from Portsmouth and her cat Thomas.
As the national winner, Jim received £25 Pets at Home vouchers. He comments: "I'll use the vouchers to buy Lady something very special - maybe a brand new lead or some toys."
Successful entries in the Picture Purrrfect competition appeared on the PDSA website last month and may go on to be used in PDSA leaflets and posters.
PDSA is the UK's leading veterinary charity treating 4,650 sick and injured pets of owners in need every working day. To be eligible for free PDSA treatment, a pet owner must live within the designated postcode area of a PetAid service and be in receipt of either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit.