Bah hum-pug for festive Ralph, the latest entrant in our Santa Paws competition

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THIS little chap is getting right into the spirit of Christmas by entering the Mail’s Santa Paws contest.

Reader Claire Welsh, 23, sent in this picture of Ralph the little black pug, which is one year old tomorrow.

Claire said Ralph loves getting dressed up and she hope his photograph will encourage others to get into the spirit of Christmas.

She said: “He loves dressing up and loves been pampered! I have dressed him up as a Christmas present to get him in the Christmas spirt.

“He is my little baby and we love him dearly.

“Not a day goes by where he doesn’t make me smile at least a dozen times a day, hope this picture makes you smile to and sends Christmas joys all round.”

Now it is your turn to get your pets dressed up and into the festive mood.

All you have to do to enter your pet into the contest is send in a festive snap of him or her, and a few details about yourself including your name, age, address and why you dressed your animal up.

You could even win a £50 voucher to spend in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

To enter, send pictures to or to Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS248BX.