Cute Cornish Cocker Basil is a National Star

  • March 12th, 2014

Bouncing Basil the Cocker Spaniel from Cornwall has won the hearts of judges and voters in a national competition to become the new furry face of Vygon Vet.

Basil beat off competition paws-down to win the Vygon Vet Star Pet competition which comes with a year’s worth of food and pet insurance from Vygon Vet.  There’s also a £100 donation from vet training providers  Improve International, that’s going to The Cornwall and South Devon Boxer Rescue charity, the choice of Basil’s owners.

The happy hound from Helston was picked from nearly 70 other cuddly contenders. He  will now feature on 2014 exhibition stands and marketing material nation-wide on behalf of Vygon Vet, a leading supplier of veterinary products.

His delighted owners Emma and Phill Jones, couldn’t believe it when they heard their appealing pooch had won the title. Emma, a paediatric nurse at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske, said: “I saw the contest on Facebook, but never for a moment thought we’d win. I’ve never won anything before and when I first heard I thought it was a hoax.”

Phill, who’s in the Royal Navy Air Squadron 857, based at Culdrose, said: “I was in Afghanistan when Emma put Basil forward and my mates serving out there with me voted for him online because they all know him back home, he’s a very popular dog.”

Emma’s competition picture of the 18-month-old cuddly Cocker Spaniel chomping on a carrot, proved a real winner. Online voting put Basil as one of five finalists from nearly 70 entries. The doleful-eyed dog melted the judges’ hearts with his doggie good looks and unusual penchant for root vegetables.

Vygon Vet General Manager Chris Kenyon, said: “Basil is a lovely dog, he’s handsome and a real character. The photo of him chewing a carrot was quite quirky and he won us all over.”

As part of the winning package, Basil, Emma and Phill were treated to an all-expenses paid weekend in the Cotswolds where they met Chris and the marketing team at Vygon Vet’s HQ in Wiltshire, and took part in a photo shoot - complete with carrots.

The cuddly young canine took it all in his four-legged stride and posed like a real pro. Vygon photographers Mark Buckley and Molly Cox were both amazed at Basil’s impeccable behaviour. Mark said: “They always say never to work with children or animals, but Basil was fantastic.” And Molly added: “He was so well-behaved and did exactly what Emma asked. He was and is a real star pet!”

Back home in Helston, star-spaniel Basil returned to his favourite pastimes of ball-chasing, swimming, beach walks, scaring seagulls and of course, chomping on carrots!