Sam the handsome hound cross from Staplehurst, Kent, has been named the overall winner of our nationwide Pets Make A Home photography competition 2016.
Yvonne Davidson’s five-year-old dog Sam was voted a daily winner by the public after she submitted this beautiful photo of him curled up on the sofa with her youngest daughter Erin (9).
Yvonne, who lives with her three children Erin, Nicolas (15) and Alexandra (18), says: “You have no idea what it means to us to win £500 worth of vouchers – times have been hard recently so we really, really appreciate it. It came as a massive surprise that Sam was picked out of all the daily winners, it’s just amazing!
Sam has been part of Yvonne’s family for nearly three years now, after she rescued him from the Elpida Shelter of Hope in Livadeiá, Greece.
“I was a member of a Facebook group for the shelter and as soon as I saw Sam I fell for him”, recalls Yvonne. “He was quite a nervous dog to begin with but we gave him the time and space he needed – and plenty of my home-cooked beef stew!
“He is absolutely brilliant with the kids, especially Erin whose feet are in the photo I submitted for the competition. Whenever they are unwell he is right there beside them –he’s very protective of his family.
“We also have three other dogs – Bella, Fotis and Eva – and Sam is great with them too. He is a bit of a character to be honest, he’s very persistent when he wants to go for a walk and can be quite noisy around the house!”