Who is the fairest of them all?


North Northumberland residents have proved themselves to be very proud of their beloved pooches by the number of entries coming into our My Best Friend photo competition.

And they have also proved themselves to be very generous as all of the owners so far have given far more than the minimum £2 donation for SHAK, this year’s Jam Jar Army charity.

Pictured here are several more of the dogs in the running for the top prize, but if you think your handsome hound rivals them, then there’s still more time to enter as the competition closes next week.

Alnwick photographer Andy Craig, based in Fenkle Street, will be helping to judge the contest by selecting the final shortlist as well as offering the top prize.

The victorious dog will win a free pet-portrait session with Andy, which usually costs at least £50.

All we are asking is that you send us a photo of your four-legged friend, whether it be funny, cute or simply running free.

The photos will be shown on SHAK’s website – shaksafehomesandkindness.blogspot.co.uk – and a selection will also be featured in the Gazette.

Andy will then use his expert eye to pick a final shortlist before we open up the competition to the public vote to decide the champion.

All you have to do is send a cheque payable to SHAK and a photograph with the entry form to us here at the Gazette or email your entries along with a PayPal payment to photos@shak.org.uk by Thursday, May 9.

Entry costs a minimum suggested donation of £2, but feel free to donate more; remember every penny goes towards the upkeep of all of the dogs that SHAK cares for at its kennels based at a farmhouse north of Alnwick.

Get in touch with us at the Gazette – on 01665 602234 or ben.oconnell@jpress.co.uk – if you want to get involved.

New stickers to decorate jars and posters with the SHAK logo are now available, so look out for them.

We also have some to give out at the Gazette office.

Full jars can be dropped off at the Gazette, Taylor’s newsagents or the Lions’ bookshop.