Dacorum’s cutest pets battled it out to be crowned best in show in the Riverside Shopping Centre’s Prettiest Pet competition – but there could only be one winner.
Pint-sized pooch Lottie scooped first prize and Michelle Glover, who owns the creamy-coloured Cavachon (a mix between a cavalier King Charles spaniel and a bichon frise), says Lottie definitely rules the roost despite her size.
Michelle, 39, of Shearwater Road, Hemel Hempstead, said: “We have had her from eight weeks old and she is such a loving, well-behaved, funny and cheeky character.
“She loves people, cuddles and playing with her ball.”
Working cocker spaniel Betsie, owned by Ria Tiggs Hosier, came in at second place with her big brown eyes.
Ria, of Hancroft Road, Hemel Hempstead, said: “Betsie came to us when she was nine weeks old.
“She is very affectionate more human than dog. She loves to play, has learnt to put her toys away and can even tell the time.”
In third place was four-month-old Pugalier Riley, who lives in Pudding Lane, Hemel Hempstead, with owner Lisa Williams.
Lisa, 24, said: “We’ve had her for two months. She is cuddly, playful, mischievous and a show-off.
“She’s always doing something funny or naughty to get attention!”
After hundreds of entries from dogs, cats, hedgehogs and horses entered into the competition, it was clear the dogs were on top in the town when the decision about winners was handed over to the people of Hemel via the shopping centre’s Facebook page.
More than 3,300 votes were cast to crown the top three, but Lottie tipped the top spot with over 1,200 votes.
Lottie scooped a pet photography shoot with Sally Masson Photography, plus Riverside vouchers and the top three won The Secret Life of Pets movie merchandise.
“We are absolutely thrilled to crown Lottie the Prettiest Pet in Hemel Hempstead 2016.” said David Robinson, centre manager at Riverside Shopping Centre.
“After the success of the competition last year, we decided to open it up once again, and we had another fantastic response.
“Thank you to everyone that took part and voted. See you again next year!”