Wilmie wows after professional shoot

One of the photos from Wilmie's pet portrait photo shoot with Andy Craig.
One of the photos from Wilmie's pet portrait photo shoot with Andy Craig.

Woof! People’s champion Wilmie looks great here as she poses during her photo shoot.

Earlier this year, the Gazette ran a dog photo competition to raise funds for this year’s Jam Jar Army charity, SHAK.

The drawing of Julie Avery's springer spaniel by artist Tracy Jones.

The drawing of Julie Avery's springer spaniel by artist Tracy Jones.

We received entries from 64 cute canines and dashing dogs, which were whittled down to a shortlist of 10, before being put to a reader vote.

And the most-supported mutt was greyhound Wilmie, a rescue dog, who was crowned the winner in June this year.

At the time, her owner, Senga Moffat, from Longframlington, was delighted that Wilmie had beaten such stiff competition.

“I really am very pleased as there were some beautiful dogs,” she said. “There were a lot of lovely dogs in there and not everyone likes greyhounds so I’m really, really pleased.”

Photographer Andy Craig selected the shortlist and also provided the prize – a pet portrait session which usually costs at least £50.

And now Wilmie has been to see Andy for her shoot.

“The shot was taken this week at my new studio in Embleton,” he said.

“Wilmie couldn’t concentrate on her posing as the chippy van was parked outside!

“Wilmie’s owner, Senga, has now got the tough job of choosing from more than 30 pictures of her gorgeous greyhound. Wilmie is a very pretty ex-racer and found her current home via Northumberland Greyhound Rescue.”

You can see a few more pictures on Andy’s blog at www.andycraigphotography.blogspot.co.uk

l In other SHAK competition news, Julie Avery, from Alnwick, was the winner of a beautiful pencil drawing of their pet, by local artist Tracey Jones.

The contest was held during September’s Alnwick Food Festival, where SHAK had a stall as the nominated charity and ran the prize draw.