Hundreds of inspiring stories about the relationship between
dogs and people been received by the Kennel Club for its annual
Eukanuba Friends for Life competition, being held at the country's
most prestigious dog event, Crufts.
This is the final week for people to send nominations to the
Kennel Club if they 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. The Kennel Club also wants to hear about people who have
dramatically turned around the life of man's best friend.
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: "We have already
received so many inspiring stories about dogs who have completely
transformed their owners' lives through their bravery, support or
companionship and about people who have dramatically turned around
the life of man's best friend. We encourage anybody with a special
and inspiring relationship with a dog or a tale of bravery to tell,
to come forward for a chance to be recognised in this competition.
People can view the nominations so far and make a nomination
themselves on the Crufts website.
"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