GALLERY: Hunter pets' festive fun

FESTIVE FEAST: Max the Cat, winner of the Newcastle Herald Christmas pet photo competition, sent by Crellyn Collison.
FESTIVE FEAST: Max the Cat, winner of the Newcastle Herald Christmas pet photo competition, sent by Crellyn Collison.
Submitted by Janice.

Submitted by Janice.

Submitted by Bree.

Submitted by Bree.

Jake wishes you a happy holiday season. - Submitted by Toby

Jake wishes you a happy holiday season. - Submitted by Toby

Santa's little helper Ruby. - Submitted by Karolina Maksimov

Santa's little helper Ruby. - Submitted by Karolina Maksimov

Submitted by Kelsey.

Submitted by Kelsey.

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ANIMALS around the Hunter will either feel relieved or disappointed with the end of the festive season.

Many of the region’s pets have been shown off to friends and family dressed up in tinsel, santa’s hats and reindeer antlers over Christmas.

The Newcastle Herald was inundated with hundreds of the posing pet pictures after calling for submissions to the Christmas Pet Competition.

Nathalie and Tessa ready for Christmas.

Nathalie and Tessa ready for Christmas.

Pearl, Rose, Pippy, Katie and Meggy. - Submitted by Helen Museth

Pearl, Rose, Pippy, Katie and Meggy. - Submitted by Helen Museth

Christmas Ivy. - Submitted by John and Vicki.

Christmas Ivy. - Submitted by John and Vicki.

Doug the Pug. - Submitted by Rhiannon

Doug the Pug. - Submitted by Rhiannon

Picture submitted by Adeline Atkins.

Picture submitted by Adeline Atkins.

Peaches and Milo. - Submitted by Laura Marzella

Peaches and Milo. - Submitted by Laura Marzella

Bronte and Santa. - Submitted by Terrie Rhodes

Bronte and Santa. - Submitted by Terrie Rhodes

Bo Hanlon is prepared to be Santa's understudy - submitted by Greg and Geraldine Hanlon.

Bo Hanlon is prepared to be Santa's understudy - submitted by Greg and Geraldine Hanlon.

Donny and Dakota. - Submitted by Sarah and Adam

Donny and Dakota. - Submitted by Sarah and Adam

Cloe waiting for Santa - submitted by Troy Pezely.

Cloe waiting for Santa - submitted by Troy Pezely.

Oscar. - Submitted by Krista Lee Rayson

Oscar. - Submitted by Krista Lee Rayson

Catching fish for Christmas - submitted by Bec.

Catching fish for Christmas - submitted by Bec.

Duke. - Submitted by Ebony Wrixon

Duke. - Submitted by Ebony Wrixon

Tilly and her Santa bear - submitted by Alisa Goodwin.

Tilly and her Santa bear - submitted by Alisa Goodwin.

Submitted by Julie Barry.

Submitted by Julie Barry.

True Christmas spirit...sleeping! - Submitted by Suzanne

True Christmas spirit...sleeping! - Submitted by Suzanne

Daisy and Santa - submitted by Sara.

Daisy and Santa - submitted by Sara.

Bilbo Baggins - submitted by Kirsty Ford.

Bilbo Baggins - submitted by Kirsty Ford.

Bron under the Christmas tree.

Bron under the Christmas tree.

Unimpressed Santa Claws - submitted by Samantha Reynolds.

Unimpressed Santa Claws - submitted by Samantha Reynolds.

Bentley. - Submitted by Casey and Shannon.

Bentley. - Submitted by Casey and Shannon.

Submitted by Brooke.

Submitted by Brooke.

Coco, the 10th reindeer - submitted by Lauren.

Coco, the 10th reindeer - submitted by Lauren.

Submitted by Daniel Pati.

Submitted by Daniel Pati.

Emily the Miniature Dauschund (left) sitting next to Penny the stuffed Miniature Dauschund toy, a Christmas gift for her mum!

Emily the Miniature Dauschund (left) sitting next to Penny the stuffed Miniature Dauschund toy, a Christmas gift for her mum!

Submitted by Jennifer Carroll.

Submitted by Jennifer Carroll.

Sophie - submitted by Sara.

Sophie - submitted by Sara.

Mel's cute pooch.

Mel's cute pooch.

Dante, of Wallsend, gets into the spirit of Christmas.

Dante, of Wallsend, gets into the spirit of Christmas.

"Although we no longer have our cat with us, we do have some pets who are featured here in this attached photo.   There is Sammy the Jack Russell -  Ducky Daddles and two Meecies that belonged to my Mum and a lovely seal from some travels in Europe and two pretty little wrens." - Picture submitted by Barbra

"Although we no longer have our cat with us, we do have some pets who are featured here in this attached photo. There is Sammy the Jack Russell - Ducky Daddles and two Meecies that belonged to my Mum and a lovely seal from some travels in Europe and two pretty little wrens." - Picture submitted by Barbra

"My fiancée Emily got her Christmas present early this year. Our puppy Baz is 12 weeks old." - Submitted by Matt Richards

"My fiancée Emily got her Christmas present early this year. Our puppy Baz is 12 weeks old." - Submitted by Matt Richards

Jesse with Santa. - Submitted by Ebony Cain

Jesse with Santa. - Submitted by Ebony Cain

Doc loves kisses. - Submitted by Sherry Bohatko

Doc loves kisses. - Submitted by Sherry Bohatko

Submitted by Julie

Submitted by Julie

Submitted by Julie

Submitted by Julie

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Arcadia Vale puppies: Simba the German Shepherd with her best friend Bella the boxer. Bear and Milo are brother toy poodles. - Submitted by Laura Marzella

Arcadia Vale puppies: Simba the German Shepherd with her best friend Bella the boxer. Bear and Milo are brother toy poodles. - Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Submitted by Laura Marzella

Max - submitted by Sarah Blanch.

Max - submitted by Sarah Blanch.

Peaches and Milo are cousins, they can't wait for Christmas dinner! - Submitted by Laura Marzella

Peaches and Milo are cousins, they can't wait for Christmas dinner! - Submitted by Laura Marzella

Shrek with Santa. - Submitted by Bec

Shrek with Santa. - Submitted by Bec

Submitted by Amy

Submitted by Amy

Tuxedo. - Submitted by Melissa

Tuxedo. - Submitted by Melissa

Wylie just loves Christmas. - Submitted by Daniella

Wylie just loves Christmas. - Submitted by Daniella

Bailey, reindog in training. - Submitted by Alison Miller

Bailey, reindog in training. - Submitted by Alison Miller

Bella & Tobi. - Submitted by Nicole Eather

Bella & Tobi. - Submitted by Nicole Eather

Cooper ready for Christmas festivities. - Submitted by Marc Knight

Cooper ready for Christmas festivities. - Submitted by Marc Knight

Dobby, a free (Christmas) elf. - Submitted by Danielle

Dobby, a free (Christmas) elf. - Submitted by Danielle

Harvey. - Submitted by Melissa

Harvey. - Submitted by Melissa

Submitted by Isaac

Submitted by Isaac

Lucifer loves being the centre of attention at Christmas. - Submitted by Dominique Martin

Lucifer loves being the centre of attention at Christmas. - Submitted by Dominique Martin

Skye. - Submitted by Cassia and Peter

Skye. - Submitted by Cassia and Peter

Sascha the red nosed reindeer.

Sascha the red nosed reindeer.

Starting the sleigh. - Submitted by Angus

Starting the sleigh. - Submitted by Angus

Submitted by Ellie

Submitted by Ellie

Submitted by Ian Medcalf

Submitted by Ian Medcalf

Submitted by Ian Medcalf

Submitted by Ian Medcalf

Jackson and Tika. - Submitted by Jacqueline Buckman

Jackson and Tika. - Submitted by Jacqueline Buckman

Walter. - Submitted by Mal and Alana Kirkman

Walter. - Submitted by Mal and Alana Kirkman

Bennie admiring the Christmas tree. Picture: Linda Taylor

Bennie admiring the Christmas tree. Picture: Linda Taylor

Bailey - Christmas kisses for you. Picture: Alison Miller

Bailey - Christmas kisses for you. Picture: Alison Miller

Hamish in his toybox. Picture: Peta G

Hamish in his toybox. Picture: Peta G

Mrs Scuffy Claws. Picture: Alison Miller

Mrs Scuffy Claws. Picture: Alison Miller

Picture by Lauren

Picture by Lauren

Lulu with Santa. Picture: Robert Dick

Lulu with Santa. Picture: Robert Dick

Submitted by Sheryn.

Submitted by Sheryn.

Benny Wright.

Benny Wright.

Saint the Siberian Husky. - Submitted by Caitlin Tanner

Saint the Siberian Husky. - Submitted by Caitlin Tanner

Submitted by Blake

Submitted by Blake

Submitted by Kileen Saunders.

Submitted by Kileen Saunders.

Picture submitted by Arnold Foster.

Picture submitted by Arnold Foster.

Bronte checking his stocking. - Submitted by Granny Janny

Bronte checking his stocking. - Submitted by Granny Janny

Picture submitted by Dan Joyce

Picture submitted by Dan Joyce

Henry waiting for Santa. - Submitted by Rebecker

Henry waiting for Santa. - Submitted by Rebecker

Roxy. - Submitted by Kerri Mitchison

Roxy. - Submitted by Kerri Mitchison

Submitted by Alice Hennen

Submitted by Alice Hennen

Submitted by Alinda

Submitted by Alinda

Jimmy and Coby. - Submitted by Debra McDougall

Jimmy and Coby. - Submitted by Debra McDougall

Submitted by Lauren Stewart. Lauren thanked Shoot Ya Pooch for this one.

Submitted by Lauren Stewart. Lauren thanked Shoot Ya Pooch for this one.

Penny and Jasper. - Submitted by Luke Priestley

Penny and Jasper. - Submitted by Luke Priestley

Rusty. - Submitted by Amanda

Rusty. - Submitted by Amanda

Submitted by Sophie

Submitted by Sophie

Submitted by Sophie

Submitted by Sophie

Submitted by Stephen Wright

Submitted by Stephen Wright

Submitted by Amanda

Submitted by Amanda

Submitted by Karen

Submitted by Karen

Ralph the Elf - submitted by Carol Clement

Ralph the Elf - submitted by Carol Clement

Benny. - Submitted by Kathie Wright

Benny. - Submitted by Kathie Wright

Benny. - Submitted by Kathie Wright

Benny. - Submitted by Kathie Wright

Jet looking worried that Santa might know what he's been up to. -Submitted by Sherry Bohatko

Jet looking worried that Santa might know what he's been up to. -Submitted by Sherry Bohatko

Nikko wishing you a Happy Christmas. - Submitted by Lyn Walker

Nikko wishing you a Happy Christmas. - Submitted by Lyn Walker

Ollie. - Submitted by Kate Foster

Ollie. - Submitted by Kate Foster

Sheba. - Submitted by Amanda Davis

Sheba. - Submitted by Amanda Davis

Submitted by Cass.

Submitted by Cass.

Submitted by Mariesha.

Submitted by Mariesha.

Submitted by Alison Smith.

Submitted by Alison Smith.

Submitted by Alison Smith.

Submitted by Alison Smith.

Boofhead. - Submitted by Chris Fuller

Boofhead. - Submitted by Chris Fuller

Nero. - Submitted by Andrew Cook

Nero. - Submitted by Andrew Cook

Bubba Bear. - Submitted by Leonie

Bubba Bear. - Submitted by Leonie

Bucky Bogaerts. - Submitted by Jo and John.

Bucky Bogaerts. - Submitted by Jo and John.

Bundy with one of his Christmas toys. - Submitted by Tracey Medcalf

Bundy with one of his Christmas toys. - Submitted by Tracey Medcalf

Dootie. - Submitted by Alison Smith

Dootie. - Submitted by Alison Smith

Submitted by Jenny at Shoot-Ya-Pooch Pet Photography.

Submitted by Jenny at Shoot-Ya-Pooch Pet Photography.

Submitted by Jenny at Shoot-Ya-Pooch Pet Photography.

Submitted by Jenny at Shoot-Ya-Pooch Pet Photography.

Submitted by Jenny at Shoot-Ya-Pooch Pet Photography.

Submitted by Jenny at Shoot-Ya-Pooch Pet Photography.

Jessie. - Submitted by Ebony Cain.

Jessie. - Submitted by Ebony Cain.

Skye. - Submitted by Cassia and Peter

Skye. - Submitted by Cassia and Peter

Skye. - Submitted by Cassia and Peter

Skye. - Submitted by Cassia and Peter

Sticky Robertson. - Submitted by Anne.

Sticky Robertson. - Submitted by Anne.

Tanner. - Submitted by Leanne Bowie

Tanner. - Submitted by Leanne Bowie

13-year-old Skye. - Submitted by Kelly

13-year-old Skye. - Submitted by Kelly

Charlize and Mika. - Submitted by Jaime Abbott

Charlize and Mika. - Submitted by Jaime Abbott

Diesel. - Submitted by Andrew

Diesel. - Submitted by Andrew

Reindeer Spot. - Submitted by Michael Ewans

Reindeer Spot. - Submitted by Michael Ewans

Spud and Tatty. - Submitted by Renee Blakemore

Spud and Tatty. - Submitted by Renee Blakemore

Submitted by Jaime.

Submitted by Jaime.

Texas and Scout. - Submitted by Lisa Gibson

Texas and Scout. - Submitted by Lisa Gibson

Jesse with reindeer ears on. - Submitted by Ebony Cain

Jesse with reindeer ears on. - Submitted by Ebony Cain

Picture submitted by Carly Mortimer

Picture submitted by Carly Mortimer

Dudley and Santa. - Submitted by Janelle Cooper

Dudley and Santa. - Submitted by Janelle Cooper

Sticky. - Submitted by Anne

Sticky. - Submitted by Anne

Is he here yet? - Submitted by Vicki Sanson

Is he here yet? - Submitted by Vicki Sanson

Where's Santa? - Submitted by Vicki Sanson

Where's Santa? - Submitted by Vicki Sanson

Picture: Sue Lawless

Picture: Sue Lawless

Picture: Lorn McDougall

Picture: Lorn McDougall

Jessie the cocker spaniel. Picture: Margaret Kannar

Jessie the cocker spaniel. Picture: Margaret Kannar

Creylln Collison’s entry of her cat, Max, surrounded by his favourite treats was picked as the winner in a random draw.

Submitted by Carly Mortimer.

Submitted by Carly Mortimer.

Submitted by Hannah.

Submitted by Hannah.

Submitted by Hannah.

Submitted by Hannah.

Submitted by Hannah.

Submitted by Hannah.

Submitted by Jade Stephens.

Submitted by Jade Stephens.

Submitted by Loran Kuchta.

Submitted by Loran Kuchta.

Submitted by Shelley and Darren.

Submitted by Shelley and Darren.

Submitted by Janice.

Submitted by Janice.

Magda and Ari. - Submitted by Annika

Magda and Ari. - Submitted by Annika

Submitted by Anthony Newgent.

Submitted by Anthony Newgent.

Billy's first Christmas. - Submitted by Tira

Billy's first Christmas. - Submitted by Tira

Submitted by Marilyn.

Submitted by Marilyn.

Submitted by Mandi.

Submitted by Mandi.

Submitted by Mandi.

Submitted by Mandi.

Timmy. - Submitted by Alana.

Timmy. - Submitted by Alana.

Ms Collison takes home a $250 voucher for PetStock Warners Bay and Adamstown, and will be able to spoil her favourite furry friend with some well-deserved goodies.

Among the most interesting entries were photos of birds, a goat and a hen decked out in festive colours.