Picture perfect: children and their pets

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CUDDLING up to their perfect partners – these Wearside youngsters are at ease with their best pals.

The Echo has teamed up with opticians Specsavers for a photography competition to capture the special bond struck up by children with their friends, siblings or even family pets, from a young age.

Matt Walton and his dog Bud

Matt Walton and his dog Bud

And here is the first lot of snaps sent in by readers.

Mum Sonya Moore sent in this photo of Brittany, 14, cuddling up to little sister Emma, two, at their home in Town End Farm.

Five-year-old Matt Walton, from Hetton, is seen here with his dog Bud, while two-year-old Jacob Crossley loves watching TV with his best friend Marley.

Nine-year-old Charlie was captured napping with family dog Buster after a hard day playing.

And finally young Evie Tempest cuddles up to the latest addition of their family in South Hylton –13-week-old Oliver.

Families still have time to enter the Perfect Pairing competition, launched to celebrate the start of Specsavers “two free pairs” promotion in-store at Washington, which will see children qualify for one pair of specs free from the NHS and a second free pair from Specsavers.

Photos can be taken by either a child or a relative, so long as they capture the child’s favoured pairing. The winner will scoop a Pentax WG-3 digital camera worth more than £260 and a free sight test and eyecare for the winning parent and child.

Robin Stuart, store director at Specsavers, Washington, said: “To celebrate our fantastic new offer, we’re celebrating that perfect pairing that makes our children so happy. We know that at a young age, friendships are vitally important, it’s that bond that we’re hoping to capture through our photography competition.”

The two free pairs offer is available now and is valid for children up to the age of 16. Details on NHS sight tests are available in store or online at www.specsavers.co.uk.

The Pentax WG-3 camera is a waterproof, coldproof, shockproof and crushproof digital camera. To enter the competition, e-mail your photo to echo.news@northeast-press.co.uk. Mark your email Perfect Pairing in the subject line and don’t forget the name, age, and address of the people in the picture.