Vets raise over £500 for guide dog charity

Jack Russell terrier, Harry SUS-140412-150420001
Jack Russell terrier, Harry SUS-140412-150420001

Local veterinary practice The Mewes Veterinary Centre have raised more than £500 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association through their raffle to win a pet portrait from local animal photographer Pauline Fowler.

Pet owner and client of The Mewes Veterinary Centre, Karin Mills, was thrilled to be crowned the winner and presented with her prize – a portrait of her Jack Russell terrier, Harry.

Harry, a regular patient at The Mewes Vets, seemed unimpressed with all the attention and was determined not to sit still throughout the photoshoot. However, Pauline’s patience won the day, and this fabulous portrait was the result.

Karin said: “I’m over the moon with my picture of Harry.

“I was very surprised but of course delighted to win. Harry is now 10 years old but still full of energy so he was not the easiest of models to photograph. Pauline was very patient with him and captured some amazing shots - it was so hard to choose just one photo!”

Julia Mewes, Principal Vet at The Mewes Vets said: “We would like to say a huge thanks to Pauline Fowler for donating such an amazing prize to our raffle.

“She is so talented and we were very lucky to be able to offer her services to our audience of devoted pet owners.

“We’re also thrilled to have raised such a fantastic amount of money for Guide Dogs for the Blind – they are a very hardworking and worthy cause and it’s great to be able to support them.”

The Mewes Veterinary Clinic is an independent practice based at 4 Haywards Road and has been established for 18 years.

The team also won the Customer Service Award at the JSPC Business Matter Awards in July 2014.

Julia is well known in the area, both for her friendly face and also her skills as a veterinary surgeon.

For more information on the Mewes Veterinary Clinic, visit their website at or call 01444 456886.

To view more images by Pauline Fowler, visit her website at

Report and picture contributed by Sorcha Exworthy.