Goofy guard dog Noodles wins comedy pet photo prize

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An image of a goofy looking guard dog has been crowned the winner of the Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photography Awards.

The picture, which shows a dog named Noodles with his tongue hanging out in front of a sign reading “Guard dog on duty”, was selected by judges as the winner of the competition which aims to celebrate the positive impact pets can have on their owners’ lives.

Noodles’ owner Elke Vogelsang, who wins a £3,000 prize for taking the picture, said: “It’s wonderful to be associated with something that makes people happy.

Malgorzata Russell's photo Why Are You Upside Down Mum?
Malgorzata Russell’s photo Why Are You Upside Down Mum? (Malgorzata-Russell/Comedy Pet Photography Awards/PA)

Ms Vogelsang, from Hildesheim in Germany, rescued Noodles from a kill shelter in Spain and said she would donate part of her prize to an animal rescue cause.

Magdalena Strakova's picture Gossip Girls
Magdalena Strakova’s picture Gossip Girls (Magdalena Strakova/Comedy Pet Photography Awards/PA)

“The diagnosis was a severe brain haemorrhage due to a ruptured aneurysm,” she said. “If it hadn’t been for the dogs, I would have found him too late.

Anne Lindner's picture Drama Queen
Anne Lindner’s picture Drama Queen (Anne Lindner/Comedy Pet Photography Awards/PA)

Among the other winners were Edinburgh’s Malgorzata Russell, who triumphed in the Cat category with her photo of Basil peeking under a fence, and Magdalena Strakova, whose picture of three horses, called Gossip Girls, won the Mighty Horse category.

Ayden Brooks' photo Good Morning Fox Mulder
Ayden Brooks’ photo Good Morning Fox Mulder (Ayden Brooks/Comedy Pet Photography Awards/PA)

The competition, now in its second year, raises money for the Blue Cross Pet Charity and also aims to raise awareness of homeless pets in the UK.

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