IT was National Puppy Day last week, and so we asked our readers to send in their pet pics!

Our furry/feathery/scaly friends have been a source of comfort for many of us during lockdown, and these are just a few examples.

Joanna Gould, of Churchinford, sent us a photo of Amber and Cherry - a Vizsla and tabby kitten - who brighten up her day by being best buddies.

Somerset County Gazette:

LOCKDOWN BUDDY: Zara the Saluki cross

Kate Ranking, from Holway, always looks forward to seeing Zara (a Saluki cross) at the end of her working day, while Pete Dickinson, of Minehead, says Padfoot the Cavapoo makes the family smile every day.

Somerset County Gazette:

MAKING US SMILE: Padfoot the Cavapoo

Louise Southwell, of Taunton, enjoys Ronnie (an African grey parrot) being silly, and Tracey Ronson, from Wellington, says Bella the Cockerpoo is her best friend.

Somerset County Gazette:

SILLY: Ronnie the African grey parrot

Somerset County Gazette:

BEST FRIEND: Bella the Cockerpoo with Tracey Ronson