Following the great success of our Animal Tales competition, the winners have been announced!
Now that season two of Village Vets Australia has come to an end, Dr James Carroll and Dr Anthony Bennett have been busy selecting the five winners of our competition, and they are...
Gigi - By T. Capobianco, NSW
"This picture really epitomises the relationship my son and dog have. From the moment we brought him home from the hospital she became his friend, his protector, his partner in crime. They are truly best friends, evidenced by the fact that his first word was Gigi. I managed to capture this photo on a day when they were being unusually quiet, which generally means that they are up to no good - the last time they were that quiet I found them playing Tug of War with a dog toy, and I mean the dog had one end of the duck in her mouth and the baby had the other end in his. Anyway, there they were scoping out the St, making sure all was well in the neighbourhood. So, whilst this time they weren't sharing the same muesli bar or playing "catch" with my $200 pair of shoes, this is by far the funniest, cutest moment these two have shared."
Jessie - By M. Rogers, SA
"Was such a great way to help recovery after a major heart attack, Malcolm enjoying a visit from his little dog Jessie they had both been missing each other. It's awesome that this particular hospital has a special program that allows coronary care patients to have their own dog visit them."
Rupert - By E. Telford, NSW
"This is my pet calf Rupert and one of my pet lambs Ned. Rupert's mother went into labour late in the night and when we found them, she was already down and he had only been delivered up to the rib cage. Unfortunately his mother didn't make it due to his freakish size and the difficulty trying to deliver such a big calf. He is the biggest calf we have ever had born on the farm. He was very swollen and could not stand and walk, he also had fluid on his lungs which a good injection of antibiotics when we found him cured. It was a two man job to feed him, one to hold him up and another to feed him. We were unsure if he would ever be able to walk and worried we may have to put him to sleep. I put my medical grade compression stockings on his legs to help reduce the swelling and massaged his legs daily. After a week or so he could stand and walk short distances. He got stronger and more steady on his feet everyday. However another obstacle came when his knee joints swelled up due to septic arthritis, after a big course of antibiotics he overcame this hurdle and now has grown into the big healthy calf you see in the picture. He greets us every morning and comes running for a pat. He hangs with all my pet lambs and I am pretty sure he thinks he is a sheep, when my other pet calves come to visit he runs and hides in fright behind me."
Mia - By N. W, NSW
"I don't know if this little girl needs a story! The pic says a lot. Rescued from someone's balcony in Sydney. Living it large on a beautiful property and really needed a diaper due to doing doo doos in the house. We love our Mia and her play dates in water. Such beautiful animals."
Abraham - By T. Beckett, QLD
"Abraham our pet Dogue de Bordeaux loves all the family pets, but one of his favorites is Petal our little orphaned pretty face wallaby. He guards all the new pets who arrive at our house."
Congratulations to all of the winners! You can see all of the entries, here!