St Albans student wins national dog-naming competition

Camilla Chester with competition winner Auj Usman

Camilla Chester with competition winner Auj Usman - Credit: Archant

A St Albans student will be featured on the cover of a book after winning a national competition.

Children’s author Camilla Chester tasked people to name the fictional Jack Russell in her next book, Thirteenth Wish, and Year 7 St Albans Girls School pupil Auj Usman suggested the best entry, Fuzzles.

As a prize for winning the Name The Dog Competition, Auj will also read the early proof edition and be quoted on the back cover.

She said she chose the name because it “popped into her head”.

Camilla added: “I had been calling the dog Scruffy, but I knew the name didn’t quite fit. It clashed with his owner’s name, Sally - too much alliteration - and it didn’t feel right either.

“I ran the competition not sure how many entries I would get, or even if I would be able to use any of the suggested names. I was delighted I had an excellent response with lots of names to pick from.” ​

She chose Fuzzles because it is “fun and cheeky, yet comforting, just like the dog”.