Ear, ear - what’s all this then?
Rescue dog Louie is all ears as the winner of The Star’s Star Pet competition - and can’t wait to get his paws on his prize.
The chihuahua miniature pinscher cross, aged four, had a tough start to life as the housemate of a bigger dog who used to bite him.
He was put into the care of a rescue charity, where new owner Tina Blythe adopted him two-and-a-half years ago.
Now little Louie is proving he’s the top dog, beating hundreds of others to the title in The Star’s hotly-contested competition.
Tina, of Fox Lane, Frecheville, said she was delighted Louie had won.
“I didn’t expect it but it’s great,” said the 42-year-old mum.
“He is a lovely dog. He’s really good and very loyal.
“He sleeps on the bed when he can, even though we aren’t supposed to let him – he’s a real cutie.”
Tina got four-year-old Louie from Sheffield Dog Rescue in Mosborough when he was 18 months old.
She said: “He is still quite nervous.
“He had quite a rough start. All I know is the family had a big dog as well that used to attack him, so he is still nervous around other dogs.”
But Louie is now a loyal companion to both Tina and her 12-year-old son, Arthur.
Tina, an artist and housekeeper at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, said: “Arthur loves him to bits.
“Arthur torments him a bit but he’s a really patient dog. They go out for nice long walks.”
Following the success of The Star’s Beauty and the Beast competition, we launched the 2013 Star Pets competition where we asked readers to send in their cutest and funniest photographs of their animals.
The competition was open to all animals from the fluffiest kitten to the sleekest snake.
We then gave readers of The Star the chance to vote for their favourite in our heats before whittling down our entries to crown the 2013 Star Pet.
Our heats started in November where each week we ran a feature with our different categories starting with general pets, cats and finishing with dogs.
The animals with the most votes from all the categories were then placed into our top 20 and finally our top 10 which featured just before Christmas.
Louie was victorious with an image of his winning grin, that showed off his pearly-white gnashers.
And Tina’s prize is to have her favourite photograph of Louie produced in a canvas, acrylic or aluminium print of her choice to the value of £50 courtesy of www.picanova.co.uk