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Bailey – a natural winner in Black and White!


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My name is Sarah and I have lived in the area for several years and work at South Coast Opticians in Horndean. http://www.clanfieldonline.com/51/277/south-coast-opticians

My partner Darren and I have two dogs that we adore. Bella is the baby at 16 months and is always on the go. She is a gorgeous black Cocker Spaniel but is never still for a minute. Bailey is a handsome 6 year old black and tan English Cocker Spaniel. Born in Waterlooville – he is a local lad - and a proper ‘Gentleman’

In September, when I saw the photographic competition for People’s Precious Pets in the Meon Valley News, I knew I wanted to enter a photograph of Bailey.

Although I had loads of time I somehow found myself frantically searching for a good image on the night before the deadline! I ended up just plumping for my favourite one. It’s a picture I took of Bailey in his favourite position - he is on his back with his legs in the air! He is naturally a very photogenic dog and always “poses”. I had been playing about with the camera settings and that is why the photograph is in black and white.

When the newspaper published all the photographs Bailey looked a bit unconventional in comparison to all the other pets as he was the only one in black and white. Oh well, I thought, at least he’s had five minutes of fame with his picture in the paper!

When the Meon Valley News phoned I thought that Bailey may have won a runner-up prize?

I couldn’t believe it when they said that he was the judge’s unanimous choice for the winner!

Bailey has won a photoshoot with Segami Images Photography Studio in Catherington and a wonderful hamper from Jollyes. He is also the front page “cover star” of the December issue of the Meon Valley News, so keep an eye out for him! I shall be acting as his agent from now on and doing my best to keep his four paws on the ground so as not to let the fame go to his head!

I would like to thank Jo Barlow of the Meon Valley News for her kindness. My thanks also to the judges of the competition – the Downland Veterinary Group and the charity Hounds for Heroes

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This story and photograph is published Courtesy of the Meon Valley News for which Clanfield Online give their grateful thanks. We are always pleased to work with such a quality paper that gives us local news and is based in Clanfield.

Bailey – a natural winner in Black and White!


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