Twelve ‘pawtraits’ capturing the special relationship between some of the UK’s top celebrities and their adored pets have been revealed in the 2009 PDSA Pet Pawtraits Calendar.
The impressive line up of celebrities pictured with their four-legged friends includes:
* Strictly Come Dancing winner Alesha Dixon partners with Collie Cross Roxy
* Ex-Blur musician and columnist Alex James features with his whippet Socks
* GMTV Entertainment Today golden girl Jenni Falconer with her Puggle Alfie
* EastEnders soap favourite John Partridge with his Jack Russell Tilly
* British comedian and actor Johnny Vegas stars with his miniature dachshund Frank
* Jonathan Ansell popular classical singer and housewives’ favourite with his Cocker Spaniels Sammy and Merry
* Award winning soap actress Kym Ryder of Coronation Street co-stars with her long haired Chihuahua Charlie
* Ex Blue Peter presenter Matt Baker with the original Blue Peter Border Collie Meg
* Popular British TV presenter Melinda Messenger with her Shih Tzu Sushi
* Inspector Linley BBC actor Nathaniel Parker with his cat Petrushka
* Chart topper Sandi Thom duets with her cat Toots
* Summer Strallen, rising star of the West End in The Sound of Music with her Maltese Chihuahua cross dog Bam Bam
Scarlet Page, daughter of Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, was the talent behind the lens this year and she now joins the illustrious line-up of former PDSA Pet Pawtraits photographers: the late Lord Lichfield, Penny Lancaster Stewart and Jason Fraser.
Scarlet has photographed some of the biggest stars in the world, from Robbie Williams to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and in 2006, held an exhibition featuring portraits of celebrities with their children, which included Louise Redknapp, Sadie Frost and K T Tunstall.
PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity and its work is funded entirely from public support. The sales from the 2009 Pet Pawtraits calendar will go directly to helping provide free veterinary care for the sick and injured pets of people unable to afford veterinary fees.
Clare Evans, Head of Communications for PDSA comments: “Revealing the 2009 PDSA Pet Pawtraits images has been so exciting. Our photographer, Scarlet Page, has done an incredible job capturing the extraordinary relationship between the celebrities and their pets, and we are extremely grateful to Scarlet and all the celebrities involved for giving up their time to help raise the necessary funds for us to continue helping pets in need of vets.”
The 2009 PDSA Pet Pawtraits Calendar will be available to buy for £4.99 from 22 August 2008. To purchase a calendar visit one of PDSA’s 179 charity shops around the UK, click onto the PDSA website at www.pdsa.org.uk/petpawtraits, or call 0800 917 2509.