Ness and Jack on Burnham-On-Sea beach

A Burnham-On-Sea dog owner and her pet have been short-listed for a prestigious award, following up on an accolade they won at Crufts earlier this year.

Vanessa Holbrow – known to many in Burnham as Ness – and her re-homed Border Terrier, called Sir Jack Spratticus, have been short-listed in the Animal Star Awards in the ‘UK Rescue Animal of the Year’ category.

Earlier this year, the duo won the Crufts 2018 Friends for Life award, as we reported here.

The winners of the Animal Star Awards will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony to be held on Saturday 3rd November in Guildford.

The awards give recognition to animals and humans alike for the amazing things that they do for each other.

Ness told “It’s a huge honour and a lovely surprise to be short-listed for this award. It has been a wonderful year.”

Started in 2016 by Hampshire based Mary Burgess, the awards also support various charities including All Dogs Matter & IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection and Welfare of Animals).

Judges for the awards include Dominic Dyer, Chairman of the Badger Trust, Lisa Baldock MBE and IAPWA founder Nicky Stevens and other industry experts.

Mary said: “I created the awards to give recognition to those that truly deserve it for their work with animals, and it’s also important to give animals recognition for the things they do for humans.”

“We received just under 700 nominations in this our first year of nominations, after working on promotion for the last 2 years and growing our social media profile. It far outweighed my expectations and I am thrilled. I am also really excited for the awards ceremony in November.”

To learn more about the Animal Star Awards, visit and tickets for awards night also available via the website and anyone can come along and enjoy the red-carpet event.