Santa Paws is up and running - now send us your pics

DRESSED UP: Max, a bichon frise
DRESSED UP: Max, a bichon frise

THESE are the first pictures of your pets that have been sent in for an annual Santa Paws feature.

We are asking readers to send in snaps of their pets dressed up in the finest festive get-ups such as Santa outfits, snowmen, elves and Christmas trees.

NOP SUPPLIED SUE BELL sue.bell@wynyardleisre.''Spikey Paws

NOP SUPPLIED SUE BELL sue.bell@wynyardleisre.''Spikey Paws

All you have to do is send us in your pictures and some information about you and your pet.

Just tell us about yourself and your pet, including your name, age, address, animal type, and why you dressed them up.

Deborah Wilmot sent in two pictures to get us on a roll.

Her dog Max, which is a seven-year-old bichon frise, look right into the festive mood as does her Guinea pig Gizmo.

TOP DOG: Santa Stella

TOP DOG: Santa Stella

Another two entries came from Sue Bell of her pet dogs, Spikey and Stella, dressed up in a impressive Santa suits.

George Goldsbrough sent us a picture in of his 10 month old puppy in his Christmas Jumper.

Last year’s top pooch was Ruby.

The playful pup captured our judges’ hearts after her owner Natalie Donnison photographed Ruby wearing a cute Santa suit.

This is our 10 month old puppy George Goldsbrough in his Christmas Jumper

This is our 10 month old puppy George Goldsbrough in his Christmas Jumper

Ruby, a Powderpuff Chinese crested, was praised by Natalie, of Hartlepool, who said: “I’m so proud of her.”

In her entry, Natalie, told how at just 18 weeks old Ruby is enjoying her first Christmas by getting in among all the wrapping paper and tinsel.

To end in a picture for this year’s Santa Paws you can either use the Share Your Story facility on this page, or email mail.news@northeast-press.co.uk

Santa Paws from: debbie.wilmot1@hotmail.co.uk''This is my guinea pig gizmo i've had him for about 3 year now and he's getting into the xmas spirit

Santa Paws from: debbie.wilmot1@hotmail.co.uk''This is my guinea pig gizmo i've had him for about 3 year now and he's getting into the xmas spirit