MEET five-year-old Rough Collie, Benji – chosen to become the face of Just Dogs Live 2019; earning his very own photo shoot with a professional dog photographer!

Benji was among the hundreds of dogs whose owners entered them into an online competition run by Just Dogs Live at the East of England Arena and Events Centre in Peterborough.

Organisers of the three-day summer event launched the search for the Face of Just Dogs Live 2019, with the prize of a free photo session with St Neots-based photographer Martin Hill – the results of which will appear on the marketing material for next year’s show!

His delighted owner Bex Wensley, said: “I’m still not sure that it’s sunk in but we’re over the moon! Both my husband Michael and I adore taking photos of Benji. Everywhere we go, people smile and tell us how lovely he is so we feel really honoured that he’s been picked to be the face of 2019.”

Bex and Michael have owned Benji (Kennel Club name Benjamin Button) for four and a half years.

Bex said: “We’ve had Benji since he was about six months old. As an unwanted puppy, Benji didn’t have the best start to life and required a lot of love and care.

“Despite a difficult start, he’s such a kind and forgiving soul. He absolutely loves people and at home, he’s fairly chilled out. However, take Benji to an agility ring and you’ll see a completely different side to him.

“We’ve entered Benji into a few fun competitions, but never anything serious. He’s won a few including ‘Judges’ Favourite’ and most notably ‘Best Paw Shaker’, where he demonstrated offering all four (yes – even his back ones!) on command.

“We’ve visited Just Dogs Live every year since Benji joined our family, and it has become a firm favourite to go along to with family and friends, especially those coming from further away. There’s always something for everyone to enjoy.”

Martin, a Kennel Club approved photographer, added: “I was delighted to be asked by Just Dogs Live to judge this competition and the entries were amazing. Although there were so many fabulous dogs to choose from, there was just something about Benji that was particularly captivating, and I am really looking forward to working with him.

“As I was one of the exhibitors at Just Dogs Live, I was lucky enough to meet Benji and his owners during the show. He is a fantastic and very good natured chap.”

Ryan Moroney, head of operations at EEAEC, commented: “This is the first time we have launched a competition of this kind at Just Dogs Live and the response was overwhelming. We are thrilled for Benji and look forward to seeing the results of the photo shoot!”

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