Harvey the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is Nation’s Smiliest Pet

The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has announced that Staffordshire Bull Terrier Harvey, from Horley in Surrey, has been crowned the country’s smiliest pet. The happy staffy beat off competition from over 200 other dogs, cats, parrots and even a pet sheep following a nationwide search to find the pet with the winning smile.

The competition is part of the ongoing NOAH ‘I heart my pet’ campaign 2014 — designed to celebrate the love that UK pet owners feel for their animals and through the www.pethealthinfo.org.uk website, to encourage them to think about the health of their pets and to seek independent, expert animal healthcare advice.

Harvey’s proud owner, April Gargiulo, is absolutely thrilled that her pet was voted the winner by a judging panel that included celebrity vet Marc Abraham, and is now looking forward to the prize of a pet photoshoot for Harvey to capture his winning smile forever.

April Gargiulo, Harvey’s owner, says:

“We’re so excited that Harvey has won this prize and is getting some recognition for how amazing and happy he is — he really deserves it. Even though he’s getting on a bit at the grand old age of 10, Harvey still runs around like a puppy and is in amazing shape for his age.

“He is a “fetch” fanatic and will keep going for hours if given the opportunity. He enjoys long walks and is also a fantastic swimmer, regularly fetching sticks from our local doggie-dip pond. We feed him a varied diet of quality dog food and fruit and veg to keep him happy and healthy. Last winter we took him for what we call his “doggie” MOT at our local vets, who checked him over and said he was in brilliant condition and they couldn’t ask for anything more. Well done Harvey!”

NOAH Chief Executive, Philip Sketchley comments:

“Here at NOAH we’re committed to helping UK pet owners keep their pets as happy and healthy as possible, through finding expert advice at www.pethealthinfo.org.uk, and Harvey is certainly a great example — his picture certainly made us smile.

“As part of the #iheartmypet campaign we’re urging any pet owners to ensure their pet’s healthcare needs are taken care of throughout the year. A range of independent, expert advice from veterinary and pet care professionals for all species can be found on our website, alongside tips and ideas for keeping pets happy and healthy all year round.”

Harvey’s veterinary practice, Priory Vets Redhill Branch says:

“Harvey is a picture of health and we’re delighted that he’s won this accolade. April does a great job of feeding him a varied and nutritional diet, as well as ensuring he gets plenty of exercise — these things are so important for the wellbeing of all pets. We look forward to seeing Harvey’s smile in our surgery when he comes in for check-ins for many years to come!”

1 August 2014

Notes for Editors

  1. For further information, please contact Alison Glennon – (0)20 8370 3683

  2. About NOAH:

    NOAH’s Pet Health Information (PHI) www.pethealthinfo.org.uk website gives easy access, immediate, independent advice and was written by veterinary experts. It carries no advertisements and makes no mention of product brands, aims to give sound advice but also promotes the value of expert advice — it encourages owners to go and talk to an expert such as their veterinary surgeon or a pet care specialist.

  3. The site is supported by the I Heart My Pet campaign – to keep up to date follow @IheartmypetUK on Twitter and ‘Like’ the ‘IheartmypetUK’ Facebook page.

  4. NOAH represents the UK animal medicines industry: its aim is to promote the benefits of safe, effective, quality medicines for the health and welfare of all animals.

  5. NOAH is a trustee of National Pet Month, an educational charity. More details on www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk.

  6. Details about Harvey’s vet can be found on www.prioryvets.co.uk and Facebook – prioryvetsltd.

  7. Details of celebrity vet judge Marc Abraham are on www.marcthevet.com and @marcthevet