Nominations for dogs and people who have truly earned the title
of man's and dog's best friend are being sought by the Kennel Club
for its annual Eukanuba Friends for Life competition, being held at
the country's most prestigious dog event, Crufts.
The Kennel Club wants to hear from people who feel that their
life, or the life of somebody that they know, has been changed
dramatically by their dog, whether a companion dog, service dog,
assistance dog or an all-round dog hero. It also wants to hear
about people who have dramatically turned around the life of man's
A panel of judges will select five finalists who will go forward
to the final at Crufts on 8thMarch 2015, where the overall winner,
selected by public vote, will be announced before the grand finale
of the Crufts Best in Show award.
Last year the competition was won by Molly whose companionship
transformed the life of her owner Lucy Watts, who suffered with a
life-limiting rare genetic condition, by giving her confidence and
helping to take the focus of other people away from her wheelchair
Nilhan Onal, Eukanuba Marketing Leader, said: "We are pleased to
be working in partnership with the Kennel Club to recognise the
special relationship between man and dog, on the world's most
famous dog stage, Crufts.
"Eukanuba Friends for Life celebrates the unique and special
relationship between dogs and people and the way that lives are
transformed, enriched and even saved as a result of the
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: "Every year we
receive such inspiring entries for dogs that have completely
transformed their owners' lives through their bravery, support or
companionship and we encourage anybody whose dog has earned the
title of Friend for Life to come forward. We also encourage
nominations for those people who have dramatically turned around
the life of man's best friend.
"Friends for Life is just one aspect of Crufts that celebrates
the diverse role that dogs play in society and the way that they
enrich our lives."
To watch the Friends for Life film and to nominate a Friend for
Life please fill in the online form at