Willow and Dexter lead the way


Scarf-wearing Willow and adopted Dexter are among the early entrants to our My Best Friend dog photo contest, in support of SHAK.

The large dog charity is this year’s Jam Jar Army beneficiary and the contest aims to really kick off the fund-raising efforts for 2013.



Dexter, a three-year-old belonging to Mr and Mrs Scott, of High Hauxley, and Willow, whose owner is Sylvia Scott from Longhoughton, have put their paws in, but there is still time to enter.

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 – shaksafe homesandkindness.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 – 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.