A panel of animal-loving judges – including Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely – had the difficult task of choosing the Isle of Wight winners of the nationally organised RSPCA event.
Raising money for RSPCA branches around the country, the virtual pet show was designed to showcase people’s animal friends and the special bond they share – something that has become even more important over the events of the last year.
Winners of the Isle of Wight heat were:
• Best Rescue – Sam (dog)
A seven-year-old Jack Russell, Sam is a lively, bouncy and adorable pet who was rescued by his owners six years ago. He has become an integral part of the family, and having overcome serious illness, represents everything a rescue dog should – showing strength and determination and bringing such joy to those around him.
• Best Trick – Boris (ferret)
Boris was adopted from the RSPCA IOW branch last year and has been welcomed into his new home with lots of cuddles and attention which he loves. If there were Oscars for ferrets, Boris would win best actor for his range of theatrical antics. His owner says he is such a good boy and they can’t wait to learn more tricks together.
• Best Friends – Daisy-Mae and Stewie (dogs)
Jack Russell Terrier Daisie Mae and boxer cross Stewie have been friends for life and have an incredibly strong bond. The pair spend hours playing together, running and wrestling, but are equally happy to snuggle down on the sofa together and watch the world go by. Earlier this year when Daisy had leg surgery and was confined to a crate during recovery, Stewie stayed by her side and keeping her company and watching over her, even taking naps by her. These two really are friends forever.
• Golden Oldie – Winnie (dog)
Described as the soul in her owner’s home, Winnie- a Jack Russell/Border Terrier cross is the centre of the family, bringing joy to everyone from her owner’s two-year-old grandson to her 96 year old father. Winnie was last in her litter and slightly shy, but from the start she had a glint in her eye, which remains to this day.
• Best Baby – Alonso (cat)
An adorable three-month-old little boy, this blue-eyed beauty has a loving personality and brings great joy to his owner.
• Best Lockdown Buddy – Ben (goat)
Three-year-old Ben lives with his sister Maisie but adores human company! He has been terrific company for his owner during lockdown, following them around and checking what they have been up to!
• Peas in a pod – Touille (Syrian Hamster)
Touille is very special to her owner, who has never had a pet before. She is funny and sits and watches over her owner at night making them feel safe. Described as her owner’s best friend Touille is cute and playful and a bit of an escape artist – but always comes back when she hears her food being served!
Winners will receive a tour of the RSPCA Isle of Wight rescue centre in Godshill, a Wightlink travel voucher and goodie bags generously donated by Do It Broccoli, a vegan-friendly gift company based in Brading which sells unique, sustainable products that are ethically sourced.
Lily Morris who owns Boris, winner of Best Trick, said:
“Boris is such a cheeky character and absolutely loves learning new tricks which keeps us both entertained! I’m thrilled that he won best trick and delighted to have been able to support our local RSPCA branch by taking part in the competition”.
Suzanne Pugh, RSPCA Isle of Wight branch manager, said:
“We received some wonderful entries and would like to thank everyone who took the time to take part. Congratulations to our winners, who look very content and happy with their human companions”.