COMPETITION: Hunt for dog with star quality gets off to a flying start

Honey, Jack Russell Terrier, owner Tracie Emerson
Honey, Jack Russell Terrier, owner Tracie Emerson
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Why not follow the lead of these marvellous mutts and give your pet the chance to become the face of a charity dog show.

The hunt for a picture-perfect pooch to steal the limelight for St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Paws in the Park is well underway.

Buster Boo, English Bulldog, owner Katie Dumican

Buster Boo, English Bulldog, owner Katie Dumican

Here are just some of the entries we have had in the first week of the competition as we search for a canine star for the event’s posters, banners, programmes and marketing materials.

If you think your pet deserves the title of cutest canine then send us your entry now.

Charlie De-Moore, hospice events and challenges fundraiser, said: “We have been really pleased by the amount of entries we have had already for the competition.

“Paws in the Park will be a great day out for the whole family – human and canine and we are so pleased that already so many dog-lovers and their pets want to be part of it.

Alfie, Cockapoo, owner Meryl Seager

Alfie, Cockapoo, owner Meryl Seager

“It is clear already that the judges are going to have a hard job on their hands when it comes to decision time.”

As well as being the face of Paws in the Park 2017 the winner’s owner will also win a 10ins by 8ins professional portrait of their dog and a family ticket (two adults and two children) for the event.

To enter your dog fill in the entry form in this week’s Bury Free Press and send us a photograph of your pooch.

Alternatively, you can enter your dog online at www.stnicholashospice.org.uk/paws-poster-pooch

Eric, Paterdale Cross Lakeland Terrier, owner Michelle Fountain

Eric, Paterdale Cross Lakeland Terrier, owner Michelle Fountain

The hospice will also be publishing all the images on their Facebook page so you can have a look at the competition – remember to like the pooches you think could be in with a chance of winning as the judges will consider the popular vote.

The closing date is Monday, March 6 at 9am and the winner will be announced in the Bury Free Press on Friday, March 17. All details requested must be completed otherwise we will be unable to enter your pet into the competition.

Entrants (human and canine) must also be able to attend a Paws in the Park a photo-call on Monday, March 13. Paws in the Park, which is being organised in partnership with Swayne and Partners vets, will take place in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday, 21 May from 10am to 4pm.

It will feature various dog-themed activities, including a dog show and the chance to compete in a range of different dog classes, have-a- go agility areas and displays and trade stands.

The Paws in the Park logo with Lenny

The Paws in the Park logo with Lenny