My Favourite Pet – Entries so far 2

Here are some more stunning My Favourite Pet photo competition entries. Thank you all for sharing these with us – we’re really enjoying opening the inbox to find it full of cats, dogs, mice, birds and cows!

If you’d like to enter your own pet, we’d just love to see your photos. See the competition details at the bottom of this page.


Carol Sabrina1

Carol Sabrina2

Carol Sabrina3

These photos are of Carol’s friendly pet cow, Sabrina:

She was named ‘Sabrina’ after the film star with large breasts, who was famous about that time. We milked her by hand every morning and evening, producing two buckets of milk a day. If we wanted a drink during the day we would just squirt milk straight into our mouths.

Dad would sometimes give her a drink of beer straight from the bottle, (not a very p.c. thing to do in this day and age), animal welfare would be after him if they knew!  Sabrina also liked mums homemade tomato sauce which we would steal from the pantry and tip onto the grass for her to lick up. Mum always wondered why it went down so fast.  Another of her favourite treats were apples of which the max she could fit into her mouth at one time was seven.

My father was extremely fond of her and the two of them could often be seen sitting in the paddock together with dad singing his heart out to her. She would lie down in the paddock and let us lay all over her.

The first photo is of myself (Carol) taken in 1961 when I was 12.

The second photo is a typical Saturday morning at home with my parents and younger brother and sister.

The last photo is of my older sister Irene having a drink.

Sabrina was very much a part of our family and got a lot of love and attention.

Those were great days.

Heather Bilbo

From Heather:

This is our rather handsome and personality filled rat Bilbo. He is now a little larger than in this photo. He was but a couple of months old when this pic was taken. Today he’s a middle aged gentleman in the prime of life! Needless to say, he’s a Phoenix fan! Favourite foods avocado, cat biscuits and whole oats.

Jane Mollie Boofie

Jane’s chocolate Labrador, Mollie, and Burmese cat, Boofy, are great mates.

Kirsten Ella

Kirsten’s beautiful cat, Ella.

Tanaya Ever

Tanaya Ruby TuesdayTanaya Ruby Tuesday

Tanaya’s cat Ever, and dog Ruby Tuesday.


The My Favourite Pet photo competition runs in conjunction with our new PET exhibition, which is on in Wellington at the moment. It’s a moving image exhibition curated 2014 Film ArchiveCurator-at-Large Gareth Watkins, which draws on the Archive’s large home movie collection to create a homage to the family pet. Admission is free and the exhibition runs until April 12. Read more about PET here.

The competition invites you to submit photographs of your own favourite pet, for the chance to win great prizes, which include our beautiful book New Zealand Film: An Illustrated History and adorable plush animal toys.

To enter the competition, post a digital photograph of your favourite pet on the Film Archive’s Facebook or Twitter page, or email your photo to . Remember to give your name and the name of your pet along with the photo.

Photos can be recent or retro, and prizes will be awarded for:

  • Most photogenic pet.
  • Best retro shot.
  • Best contemporary.

All pet photos submitted will be published here on Gauge, the Film Archive blog – your pet will be famous!

Entries close 12 April 2014. The winners will be contacted and announced on the Film Archive blog and social media the following week.

My Favourite Pet Conditions of Entry:

  • The My Favourite Pet photo competition is open to New Zealand residents only.
  • By entering this competition you grant the Film Archive permission to publish your photograph online on Gauge, the Film Archive blog.
  • Entrants may submit a maximum of three separate entries.
  • Entries will not be accepted after midnight 12 April 2014.
  • Prizes are not negotiable, the judges’ decisions are final.
  • The Film Archive reserves the right to disqualify any entries which are fraudulent, objectionable or potentially offensive, and remove images of this nature from our social media.
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