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CONGRATULATIONS to Alfie, who is the winner of News Shopper’s Cute Pets competition.
Alfie, a six-year-old working cocker spaniel, won the most votes in the poll to choose south-east London and north Kent’s most adorable animal.
He emerged victorious from a diverse mix of 431 entries after almost 5,000 votes were cast.
Owner Nicky Swift, a West End performer currently in the cast of Les Miserables, has had Alfie since he was just eight weeks old.
Nicky, of Southend Crescent, Eltham, said “I got him from a breeder in Kent. He was the last puppy left and made such a fuss of me when I arrived to see him, I knew he was the one straight away!
“He is a wonderful dog, so friendly with adults and children. He's very funny and also very adaptable.
“I work in the theatre so there are times I have to leave him with friends and family, he gets on with it so easily and he gets to go on adventures more than I do sometimes!”
Nicky, 33, added: “He is incredibly affectionate and loves nothing more than a snuggle at the end of the day - in fact, any time of the day.”
Alfie could now get a trip to Europe as the contest prize is a Eurotunnel Le Shuttle ticket to France, including free travel for two pets, in conjunction with the Pet Expo event which took place at Glow Bluewater.