Pets often stay with a family so long they are regarded as part of the furniture, but these cats and dogs went the extra mile when they blended in with their entire surroundings.
Pet owners from across the UK took part in a photo competition to find out whose pet was the best at camouflage, sending in pictures of their cats and dogs blending in with rugs, cushions and even piano seats.
The light-hearted contest was overseen by Sofa Carpet Specialist (SCS) and took place between December 2018 and February 2019 with only 10 making it into the shortlist.
The winner of the competition was Maddie, an adorably fluffy nine-month-old cockapoo from Nottingham who won a stay at a pet-friendly hotel with her owners.
Maddie, a nine-month-old pockapoo poses on her family’s rug. Maddie won the nationwide Sofa Carpet Specialist (SCS) competition with her amazing camouflage abilities
Minnie on the family’s rug white rug. Minne’s nickname is the ‘albino Tasmanian devil’ and she loves a fuss. She made the shortlist of the nationwide Sofa Carpet Specialist (SCS) contest
Sadie, a pockapoo, on her owner’s daughter’s rug. Sadie used to be chocolate-coloured but now she blends quite well with the furniture. The light-hearted contest was overseen by Sofa Carpet Specialist (SCS) and took place between December 2018 and February 2019
Maddie’s owner Emma said: ‘Maddie is a playful dog who loves nothing more than playing in the ball pit and running around with her pals – oh and blending in with our living room rug! She’s very clever, although she often forgets her own name when there’s fun to be had!’
In second place came Noodle, a playful two-year-old Cairn Terrier Poodle cross. Noodle used to be jet black, but overtime, she really became own with her owner’s grey rug.
Minnie the Maltese puppy made it to third place. While Minnie looks very peaceful lounging on her white rug, beware! Her owner nicknamed her ‘the albino Tasmanian devil.’
Her owner said: ‘She loves fuss and attention and is a very much loved little dog, even when she is whizzing around the house playing “chase me” with the cat.’
Noodle playing next to her toy on the family’s rug. Noodle uesd to be jet black but her fur changed over time. She came in second place in the Sofa Carpet Specialist (SCS) competition
Waffle lounging on a piano seat. Waffle was rescued by his family about 10 years ago and you can barely tell him apart from their furniture today, as seen in the SCS competition
Smudge blending in with his owner’s throw. Smudge and his grey throw got eighth place in the nationwide Sofa Carpet Specialist (SCS) competition which saw dozens of owners take part
While some pets merged perfectly with rugs, others could be confused with a very fluffy pillow, like Barley the Italian Spinone, who is in fourth place.
Waffles, a rescued stray black cat when from rags to riches. The feline would have gone completely unnoticed on that piano seat, were it not for its very white paws. Still, it made it to the fifth place.
Montague (Monty to its friends), also a rescued stray, was found with a broken paw. But now it owns this magnificent orange couch. Monty got sixth place.
Two-year-old Peach, a Poodle cross Bichon Frise is nothing without her new best friend, Lou. She could teach Lou a trick or two about blending in with their rug. Peach got seventh place.
Montague (Monty) sitting on his family’s couch. The stray with a broken paw was rescued by a loving family and now he barely stays off the couch, his owners said
Peach, a two-year-old Poodle cross Bichon Frise lounges on the family’s rug with her new Best friend, baby Lou. Peach came in seventh place in the SCS competition
Golden Retriever Elsa on her family’s rug. Elsa is quite a cheeky puppy and likes to make carpets her by leaving all her hair on it. She made it into the final 10 in the SCS contest
Barley enjoying a well-deserved nap on his owner’s red couch. Barley got fourth place in the SCS competition for his uncanny resemblance with the family’s pillows
Peach’s owner said: ‘She’s the most gentle, playful fluffy dog and she’s become very intrigued by the first grandson in our family, Lou! She knows to be very gentle around him and we have a feeling they’ll both grow up to be best pals!’
Smudge, blending into his favourite throw! This puppy looks as soft as the throw it’s trying to blend in and he reached eighth place.
This Golden Retriever, Elsa, came in ninth. Cheeky Elsa likes to make the carpet hers by depositing her matching hair onto it.
Tenth place goes to another cockapoo named Sadie. Sadie’s hair colour has changed throughout the years but it doesn’t keep her from blending with her owners’ rug like a champ.