Archie has a spring in his step to win top prize


29 April 2016

The dog, from Gloucester, was picked out from hundreds of photo entries by guest judge, Your Dog editor, Sarah Wright, for best embodying the joy of the new season.

The competition is part of NOAH's 'I Heart My Pet' campaign which is designed to provide independent, expert advice on pet healthcare to owners across the UK. Part of the campaign include the Happy Healthy Pets Project which aims to build the biggest gallery of happy and healthy pets. With around 2,000 entries the gallery is the biggest of its kind in the UK and helps owners care for their pets by directing them to for expert advice. Owners can still upload pictures to the gallery by visiting the website.

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Archie's proud owner Paul Hooper was delighted with Archie's win. "It's awesome news to hear that Archie has won the competition!" he said. "We've had Archie for almost eight years now and he's a big part of the family. Archie has been raised in the country so he adores springtime. I know this as he joins me regularly for a run around whilst I do my gardening work.

"We keep him happy and healthy by feeding him an all-natural diet and by making sure we take regular visits to the vet. I also have to give Archie credit for keeping myself and the family healthy, with up to 4 walks a day. I'm also an enthusiastic mountain walker and he absolutely adores long country walks so it's a perfect match!"

Your Dog editor, Sarah Wright was guest judge and said that Archie was a worthy winner. "Archie really does have a spring in his step; his pictures perfectly capture the joy and enthusiasm of a happy, healthy pet enjoying the springtime in the great outdoors."

NOAH Chief Executive, Dawn Howard commented: "The competition was designed to highlight the importance of pet healthcare as a whole, encouraging owners to seek independent, expert pet healthcare advice at all times and once again, it's been heartening to see just how seriously UK pet owners take the health of their pets through the stories they've told us and the images they've shared."