Woof Factor 2016

Oldies Club is celebrating older dogs! We are holding a fundraising photo competition for the eighth year running especially for dogs age 7 and over. The winning dog will represent the Oldies Club for the following year. The only rule for this competition is that dogs entering need to be veterans, they do not necessarily need to be rescue dogs to enter.

We have divided the UK up into 7 regions (North East, North West, South East, South West, Midlands, Scotland and Wales. The winner of each region will go forward to the Grand Final.

The competition will run for the month of March, closing at 9pm on Thursday 31st March 2016.

PLEASE don’t leave it till the last minute and risk missing out!!

How to Enter

Entry cost is £2 per entry (one photograph per entry). You may have as many entries as you wish. Payment can be made by Paypal or cheque.

Our address for Paypal is paypal@oldies.org.uk Please can you state when sending the money that it is for WOOF FACTOR, who you are and which photos the payment relates to.

If anyone wishes to pay by cheque please can it be made out to Oldies Club and sent to : 49A Kinross Close, Cinnamon Brow, Warrington, Cheshire, WA2 0UT (Please do NOT send photographs to this address). Please can you make sure you send a note with your payment so we know who you are and which photos the payment are relates to.

NB. You must own the copyright of the pictures you are posting as any photos entered may be used for future promotional material by Oldies Club. No studio shots such as those taken at Pets at Home events.

Oldies Club Committee members are unable to take part in this competition. This rule does not apply to helpers or other associates.

Photos should ideally be a headshot or show the dog clearly.

**Please resize your photos to 640 x 480 pixels before emailing them.**

Photos will need to be sent to events@oldies.org.uk. Please state name and age of the dog and also which region you are in. Please do not send us hard copy photos through the post.

Only those photos which have their entry fee paid by the deadline will be sent to the judges.

Rosettes will be awarded to the 1st – 3rd place winners in each region.

There will be prizes for the Overall Woof Factor winner including a Wet Dog Mat kindly donated by Jacob’s Den , a bandana kindly donated by Snazzy Wags Boutique &  eco-friendly poo bags kindly donated by Beco

Reserve will also receive eco-friendly poo bags from Beco

All 7 Regional winners will also win goody bags.

Rosettes have kindly donated by Marlin Rosettes.

If you have any questions please contact a member of Oldies Club at events@oldies.org.uk

Presenting the Judges

Marc Abraham

Oldies Club Patron Marc Abraham known as ‘Marc the Vet’ is Daily Mirror/RSPCA Animal Hero Awards current Vet of the Year, the nation’s favourite TV vet giving our nation pet advice, promoting animal welfare, responsible pet ownership, and rescue pet adoption. Marc is a practicing vet and also founded the PupAid campaign to end the cruel industry of puppy farming. Marc has his own iPhone app for dog-owners ‘Canine Care’, and has written two books ‘Vet on Call’, and for animal-loving children ‘Pets in Need’. Marc is also Producer of movie documentary about puppy farming ‘Dog By Dog’. For more information about Marc the Vet visit his website www.marcthevet.com, follow him on Twitter www.twitter.com/marcthevet or like his page on Facebook www.facebook.com/MarcTheVet


Samantha Collett

Sam is (mostly) a polymer clay artist aka Poochweasel, specialising in ‘tiny dogs’ – quirky models, sometimes from photos of actual dogs and sometimes from her own slightly odd imagination. She lives with her partner Luce in North Shropshire with their two rescue dogs, Etty and Boswell. She love animals in general and dogs in particular. They have re-homed many pooches over the years, including several ‘oldies’ and Sam is a keen supporter of various dog rescues and welfare charities.

Sam started sketching and sculpting again whilst stuck at home recovering from spinal surgery after a nasty car accident. She did a bit of freelance illustration work and thought about setting up a business doing pet portraits or something else that would involve her love of dogs. Sam made a ‘Basset Fairy Princess’ Christmas ornament for a friend and shared photos on Facebook. All of a sudden everybody wanted their own ‘tiny dog’ and things took off from there.

Since 2012, Sam has been building up her portfolio with a mix of custom commissions and quirky things from her own imagination. Her plans have been on hold for the last year or so due to having more spinal surgery but the next stage in her plot for tiny dog world domination is to move away from commission work and expand on some of the quirkier, more detailed stuff I make, like her Steampunk and ‘Myth and Magic’ models. You can see more of Sam’s creations on her website http://poochweasel.com/  or her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/poochweasel/


Jane Fallon

Jane Fallon is the author of 6 Top Ten bestselling novels including Getting Rid of Matthew and Strictly Between Us. Before turning to writing she was a TV producer responsible for shows including This Life and Teachers.

Author pic

Lisa Garner & Lucy The Cavalier

Lisa owns online dog boutique Little Pooch, and it was due to this that she came across her first rescue dog.  A post about the rescue centre had been shared with Lisa and it was there that she came across Lucy, a scared and severely underweight Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that had spent the duration of her life on a puppy farm.  The rest is history as they say, and Lisa has had Lucy as part of her family for nearly 3 years now.  Together they raise awareness of the horrific puppy farming trade and just how amazing rescue dogs are via social media and attending events.  In June last year Lisa adopted another Cavalier, 7 year old Annabelle, who had also been used on a puppy farm.  As well as raising awareness Lisa and the girls also fundraise to help other dogs, which has included both 2015 and 2016 calendars, parties and a childrens book. Lucy’s Facebook page cane be found at  www.facebook.com/lucytherescuecavalier