Pet paw-traits:

Your much-loved com­pan­ions

EDP Norfolk - - INSIDE - WORDS: Rachel Buller

We cer­tainly are a county which loves its pets – we asked you to send in pho­to­graphs of your beloved com­pan­ions and you didn’t dis­ap­point.

From the hun­dreds of en­tries, we were only able to in­clude a small se­lec­tion of your fab­u­lous pic­tures and it was not an easy choice. Thank you to ev­ery­one who added pho­to­graphs of their pets to our Face­book and In­sta­gram pages, they re­ally

were ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic – we hope you en­joy see­ing them as much as we have.

Jane

“Sadly no longer with us, Jane, our el­derly Par­son Jack Rus­sell, passed away aged about 17 years old,” says owner Jan Wil­son, from near King’s Lynn. “I had read an ar­ti­cle about pet pho­tog­ra­phy so took Jane plus my Ger­man Shep­herd Tara and my cat with treats, beds, toys etc into our gar­den to prac­tice what I had read. It wasn’t too suc­cess­ful. Tara and the cat ran off im­me­di­ately. I think that look from Jane says ‘well, what do you want me to do then?’”

Mica

Mica is 18 months old and was res­cued from Ro­ma­nia. Owner Jo Butler, from Walpole St An­drew, adopted her from the fan­tas­tic Ravenswood

Pet Res­cue. “Mica def­i­nitely didn’t have the best of starts, and there have been plenty of chal­lenges, but she is mak­ing up for lost time with lots of beau­ti­ful long walks in and around the lo­cal vil­lages, swim­ming ses­sions and play­time with her new found friends. We couldn’t love her more and she had brought a new level of joy to our lives.”

Me­gan, Echo and Eira

These three gor­geous girls are pic­tured chilling out at Cas­tle Acre. Owned by Tanya Dutt, from Wormegay, they rep­re­sent three gen­er­a­tions, grandma Me­gan, who is 11 years old, daugh­ter Eira, who is six years old, and grand daugh­ter Echo, who is just 11 weeks old.

Pep­per

Three-year old Guinea pig Pep­per lives in Nor­wich with her sis­ter Petal. “We’d wrapped her in a towel af­ter a lit­tle bath, and she wasn’t im­pressed,” says owner Ali­son Jacob.

Zac

Bev­erly Pem­ber­ton and her fam­ily got Zac, a Staffordsh­ire bull ter­rier, pic­tured here at Gre­sham, near Holt, from the RSPCA.

“He was ill treated as a puppy and was six months old when we res­cued him. Zac is now 11 years old and is the most lov­ing dog you could ever wish to meet.”

Rio

Five-year-old Rio the spaniel loves her ad­ven­tures on Nor­folk’s beaches, like here at Win­ter­ton.

“She has a lovely na­ture and char­ac­ter and comes ev­ery­where with us,” says owner Char­lene Green, from Hemsby. “She ab­so­lutely loves to swim and peo­ple of­ten point and say look there’s a seal and then re­alise it’s her swim­ming.”

Du­Cati

Jan Green, from Dere­ham, named her beloved Ben­gal-cross cat af­ter her love of all things Ital­ian – and her Du­cati mo­tor­bike.

“She is eight years old, very playful and loves noth­ing more than to play fight and chase her best friend Livi, our ter­rier. On my re­turn home from work ev­ery­day, she is al­ways wait­ing for me at the gar­den gate.”

Honey

Honey is a seven-year-old cock­apoo, and says owner Bozena Thomp­son, from Ders­ing­ham, she is a very mis­chievous girl. “She likes to steal our slip­pers and dig end­less holes in our back gar­den but she is very sweet na­tured.” This pho­to­graph was taken at Nor­folk Laven­der in Heacham.

Missy

This gor­geous cat Missy loves noth­ing more than hang­ing out among the flow­ers in the gar­den at her home in Long Strat­ton. “We were very lucky as she had an eye in­fec­tion at a few weeks old and be­came very poorly. How­ever she sur­vived and has given us a lot of joy for the past 16 years,” says owner Donna Med­calf.

Mag­gie and Jess

These two gor­geous dogs – Mag­gie with her sticky up ears and her buddy Jess – loved curl­ing up to­gether. “Mag­gie has been my rock since I lost my hus­band last June to prostate can­cer and never leaves my side,” says Tr­ish Ab­bott, from Reed­ham. “We sadly lost Jess but when she was with us, they were the best of friends and knew just where to find the sun­ni­est spot to lay.”

Blue

Nine-month old Blue is a cheeky seal point Rag­doll cat owned by Kerry and Dan Ellis from Strat­ton Straw­less, who loves ex­plor­ing the back gar­den.

Tet­ley, Henry and Lucy

These three play­mates love hang­ing out in the gar­den of their home in Heacham to­gether, says owner Julie Win­ter. Tet­ley, who is a Sul­cata tor­toise, is five years old and will grow very large; he has his own shed with heating and comes and goes as he pleases – of­ten joined by Henry and Lucy the con­ti­nen­tal gi­ant rab­bits, who also have their own shed.

Shiva, Darcy and Bindi

Jane Col­man and her fam­ily from Ar­m­ing­hall have three gen­er­a­tions of black Labradors – 12-year-old Shiva, her daugh­ter Darcy, who is seven, and Shiva’s grand daugh­ter and Darcy’s niece Bindi, who is still a pup.

“The week be­fore this pho­to­graph, we had lost our beloved dachs­hund and were all feel­ing very sad. Our friend Douglas came over to take some pho­tos of our dogs to cheer us up. The pho­tos did the job as we were so happy to see what a beau­ti­ful bunch we have!”

Lucy

Lucy is a Hol­land lop rabbit who lives with her rabbit friend Rory in Taver­ham. They love dig­ging in the gar­den and chas­ing each other, but Lucy is very cud­dly with her fam­ily, says owner So­phie Cock­burn.

Patches

This pho­to­graph of cock­apoo Patches was taken on Cromer beach, one of her favourite spots.

“I think we should have called her Jane, as in calamity Jane. She’s a bit of a thun­der­bolt and loves to race on the beaches, ei­ther play­ing ball or chas­ing the seag­ulls off her beach,” says owner Jenny Harmer, from North Walsham.

Domino

Res­cue cat Domino is eight years old and was adopted, along with his brother Salem, by his owner Alice King. They were left on the doorstep of a lo­cal cattery and have been en­joy­ing life in their new home in King’s Lynn ever since.

Char­lie

Seven-year-old bearded dragon Char­lie loves noth­ing more than eat­ing wax worms and cud­dling in bed with her own­ers. “This was taken on our couch at home where she loves to climb up to look out the win­dow at the birds, but only from afar,” says owner Dawn Staff, from Nor­wich.

Bai­ley and Smudge

This is real broth­erly love be­tween Bai­ley and Smudge at their home in Tharston. “Bai­ley and Smudge are five years old and came to us as kit­tens. The bond be­tween them is just so heart warm­ing they can of­ten be found play­ing, sleep­ing to­gether and run­ning away from our 18 month old pug­gle” says Julie Star­ling.

Mazi­keen

This photo of Mazi­keen, or Maze for short, an eight and half month old cock­er­dor, was taken on the early May bank hol­i­day on the San­dring­ham Es­tate by owner Rachel Bryce, from Diss.

Elvis the tor­toise

Kevin Fawkes, from West Winch, has owned Elvis the tor­toise since 1977 – hence his name!

Woody

Five-year-old Labrador re­triever Woody loves run­ning around

on the beach, like here at Hap­pis­burgh, says owner Susie Catch­pole from Sut­ton.

Fergie and Woody

These two dudes are busy watch­ing birds nest­ing in their gar­den in Beccles – wear­ing their spe­cial Easter ban­danas. Fergie and Woody, minia­ture dachshunds, are owned by Lyn­nette Mead­ows.

Spikey Mikey

We love this mag­nif­i­cent fel­low, an African pygmy hedge­hog called Spikey Mikey. Owned by Tracy Halls, from Hun­stan­ton, he is 18 months old and his favourite food is wax-worms.

Lit­tle chicken

This cheeky chicken is one of Felic­ity Baker-At­tew’s laven­der Pekin Ban­tams. Felic­ity runs The Chicken Lady, at Han­worth, and is a breeder of these un­usual birds, which she says have won­der­ful per­son­al­i­ties.

Jas­mine

Ben­gal cat Jas­mine is en­joy­ing a snooze in a pa­per car­rier bag next to one of her favourite things, a cat­nip filled stuffed toy mouse, says owner Gary Pear­son from Ders­ing­ham.

Me­gan, Echo and Eira

Mica

Jane

Rio

Du­Cati

Zac

Pep­per

Mag­gie and Jess

Missy

Honey

Blue

Patches

Shiva, Darcy and Bindi

Lucy

Tet­ley, Henry and Lucy

Woody

Bai­ley and Smudge

Char­lie

Domino

Mazi­keen

Elvis

Fergie and Woody

Jas­mine

Lit­tle Chicken

Spikey Mikey

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