An award-winning pooch has been handed a £750 photography session for his modelling debut – and he just happens to be an expert nose balancer.
Five-year-old black Labrador, Ole, lives at home with his family in St Annes.
His owners, Ann and David Lovell, of Laverton Road, have owned Ole – or Ollie to his family – since he was nine weeks old.
They entered him into the Family Pet Show and Venture Photography Pet Paparazzi competition after seeing the competition on Facebook.
Ole was one of hundreds of pets who queued for their 15 minutes of fame on the red carpet area at Event City in Manchester during October.
After gathering a staggering 480 ‘likes’ on his dedicated page dressed in his tuxedo, Ole was put forward to a final set of six dogs for judges to pick as a winner.
The winner was picked by Family Pet Show owner Carrie Mosley on who she would most like to share a red carpet moment with.
Carrie said: “All of the pets who took part in the red carpet competition were gorgeous, and it was hard going trying to pick just one. But in the end it came down to Ole’s sartorial elegance. A kind of canine version of George Clooney.”
However, when Ole is not red carpet posing, the black Labrador can be found balancing eggs on his nose and answering maths questions.
Owner David, a computer programmer, said: “He’s everything a lab should be, including being a walking bin and great with kids.
“It was a great day out for us as a family as Ole had also come third in the Hills Petfood balancing competition. Although he loves food, we’ve trained him to balance treats on his nose and so he was really good at that – and of course got to eat the treats.”
Ole was rewarded for his egg balancing exploits with supplies of dog food.
Ann added: “He can sit there with lots of different things on his nose, sausages, eggs, anything really.
“If you also ask him one plus one or how old he is, he will bark the right amount of times until he sees cues to stop.”
John Perry, of Warrington’s Venture Photography, added: “Tall, dark and handsome worked for Ole this time. We’re so pleased with the results we’re already planning for next year.”