A dog that was once scared of its own shadow, having been rescued from roaming the streets of London, has put its worries and sleepless nights behind him after being crowned the nation’s sleepiest pet.

Hugo, the winner of Mattress Online's Sleepy Pets competition.
Hugo, the winner of Mattress Online’s Sleepy Pets competition.

Eleven-year-old King Charles-pug cross Hugo was judged to be the sleep champion by online mattress and bed retailer Mattress Online, which organised the Sleepy Pets competition.

The retailer urged pet owners to send in funny or cute photos of their sleepy companions, for a chance of winning the prestigious title and pet shopping vouchers.

Hugo’s owner Charlotte Pike, 32, a project manager from London, said: “The photo we entered shows how he likes to relax in the most elegant fashion – taking up all the space and sprawled out on the nearest blanket or coat he can find.”

Queen of the cat naps was seven-month-old Willow, a close runner-up in the competition. Her owner Adele Knight, 47, from Bishop Auckland, County Durham has three children and claims her kitten loves nothing better than the luxury of curling up on a real mattress at bedtime.

Mattress Online managing director Steve Adams said: “Competition for the top prize was immense as we were inundated with some fantastic photos of dreaming dogs, snoozing hamsters and drowsy bunnies.

“The biggest challenge for us was picking a winner, but we think Hugo ticks all the boxes. He’s overcome a terrible life out on the streets and can now sleep easy this Christmas. His owner can be very proud.”

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