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Hero Dog Award finalists named

The four finalists in the annual Eukanuba Friends for Life competition, which celebrates the relationships between people and dogs and the important role they play in giving their owners support in the face of adversity, have been announced.

  • Labrador Caddie, the autism assistance dog who helps a 13-year-old cope with everything life throws at him.
  • Bull Terrier Bowser, who saved the life of his owner with Multiple Sclerosis after she collapsed unconscious.
  • Labrador Hudson, the guide dog who helped a young man cope with blindness and encouraged him to train to be in the England blind football team.
  • Military dog Charlie (below), who saves lives on the front line by sniffing out explosives in Afghanistan.

These doggie heroes will be at Crufts on Sunday 12 March, when the overall Hero Dog winner will be announced in the Genting Arena at the Birmingham NEC.

Kellie Ceccarelli, Veterinary Training Manager at Eukanuba said, “We had some fantastic nominees this year from all over the UK so choosing just four finalists was incredibly tough.  All of this year’s finalists are incredibly worthy winners, and all share a very special relationship with their pets. We would now encourage people to vote for their favourite to show their support to these extraordinary dogs and we are excited to see who will be named this year’s winner of Eukanuba Friends for Life.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said, “Dogs play a significant role in our lives. Every day there are dogs out there saving lives in war zones, giving confidence and independence to those with disabilities, and showing remarkable bravery and loyalty as pets. Eukanuba Friends for Life is an opportunity to celebrate these dogs that quietly go about changing people’s lives in their own unique and special way.

“Dogs are known as man’s best friend and our four finalists go to show exactly why that is.”

The winner of the Eukanuba Friends for Life competition will receive £5,000 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for the dog charity of their choice, with the other finalists receiving £1,000 for their chosen dog charity.  To read their amazing stories in full and to vote for the one you feel most deserving - tough choice, we know! - go here.

Images by the Kennel Club.