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Check out the pets you voted as Lowestoft's top cat and dog 2019

PUBLISHED: 10:11 22 April 2019

Jayne Walton with Top Dog Penny, Lowestoft Journal chief reporter Reece Hanson, Picture Studios managing director Matt Goddard and John Clarke with Top Cat Midge. PHOTO: Mick Howes

Jayne Walton with Top Dog Penny, Lowestoft Journal chief reporter Reece Hanson, Picture Studios managing director Matt Goddard and John Clarke with Top Cat Midge. PHOTO: Mick Howes

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The proud owners of this year’s Pets on Parade winners beamed with delight after their four-legged friends were crowned Lowestoft’s top cat and dog.

In February, we showcased 49 adored pets who had been entered into the mix by their doting owners.

Held in partnership with the Lowestoft Journal and Picture Studios, we gave our readers the chance to vote for their top dog and top cat of 2019.

Sporting a fetching bowtie, two-year-old tabby Midge was hailed as the winner, beating 13 other cats involved, while five-year-old toy poodle Penny saw off competition from 34 other dogs.

Their owners met at Picture Studios, on London Road North, Lowestoft, earlier this week to collect their prize of a 20in x 16in canvas wrap portrait, worth more than £200.

Jayne Walton, of Moyes Road, Lowestoft, has put Penny forward three times in the annual competition. She said: “She is such a loveable little dog, and very happy.

“I was stunned to hear she won, but it was absolutely fantastic.

“I never expected to win, especially on her third-attempt.

“I love the photo and I will be putting it straight in my lounge.”

John Clarke, Midge's owner, said: “It is really great to win, and such a lovely feeling for Midge.

“My friend's have won it and come second with their cats in previous years so there is a tradition of success amongst us with this.

“I am absolutely over the moon. I love him to bits, he is my best friend.”

As well as Midge and Penny, the pets voted in second and third place also earned prizes.

The owners of the runner-up in the cat competition Percy Cross, as well as second-placed dog Darcie Baster, won a 10in x 8in portrait worth £60.

The third-placed pets, cat Zeta Nash and dog Teddy Calver, also won a 7in x 5in portrait worth £46.

Matt Goddard, managing director at Picture Studios, said: “It was another great competition this year and it was nice to meet all of the different pets. We all really enjoyed it and now we're looking forward to our Bonny Babies competition later this year.”

The Journal team would like to thank everyone who entered and voted in this year's competition. Details of our annual Bonny Babies competition will be revealed in June.

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