MEET Ted, the shih tzu who ran away with our Star Pets title.
More people voted for him than any of the other cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals that were entered into The News’ contest to find readers’ favourite pet.
The two-year-old pure breed belongs to Karen and Paul Nother, of Hatherley Crescent, in Portchester.
But Karen never expected Ted to come out as top dog.
The 42-year-old said: ‘I really hoped Ted would win but it was hard to portray his personality in the picture.
‘We absolutely adore him and he is so unlike other dogs.
‘He’s more like a little human being. He’s very relaxed and chilled out and doesn’t yap at all.
‘It’s hilarious to see my son Myles and his mates, who are all big 6ft lads, just melt when they come in the house and see Ted.
‘He adores them and goes bounding up for a cuddle.
‘When Myles isn’t here Ted goes and sits in his room.
‘Wherever we go people stop us in the street to say how lovely Ted is and make a fuss of him.
‘He is so lovely and funny and people always say how cute he is.
‘They say he is too pretty to be a boy.’
Paul, aged 51, added: ‘He’s got an amazing character and he’s great fun to be around.’
Karen decided to put Ted into the competition after she saw it in The News.
Shortly before, she had a series of pictures taken of Ted and decided the contest would be the perfect use for them.
‘Entering the competition was really straightforward,’ added Karen.
‘Then we had family and friends telling us that they had voted for him when they saw his cute picture in the paper.
‘We are just really pleased that he won because he is so wonderful and has a great character.’
Mandy Stokes, from Preston Road, came second in the competition with her pet, Marmite.
Third place went to Kady Baulf, from Eastney Farm Road, Southsea, who put in her pet Amber.