A dog lover from Felixstowe who has shown an outstanding
commitment to man's best friend has won the ROYAL CANIN®
Outstanding Achievement Award, as part of the Kennel Club's Good
Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Awards 2015.
Dana Stafford was nominated along with three other inspirational
dog lovers from across the UK for the national award, now in its
second year, which rewards an individual who has made an
outstanding contribution and commitment to responsible dog
ownership through the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme. This
could be through exceptional work on a project, a dog training
initiative or an individual dog.
The winner was decided by public vote, with Dana receiving 37 per
cent of the vote, securing her victory.
Dana was nominated for the award because of her dedication to
training her Old English Sheepdog, Riley, at the Dog Training for
Essex and Suffolk Club. Riley was extremely boisterous and Dana
initially lacked the confidence to train her. This could have
resulted in Riley becoming out of control if Dana had not committed
so much of her time to attending training classes with her; finally
managing to achieve the Bronze and Silver GCDS awards with
Sadly, after achieving the awards, Riley was diagnosed with chest
cancer. Dana kept her happy and occupied throughout her illness by
continuing training towards her Gold GCDS award until she died in
September 2014. Dana has since continued her commitment to
dogs by training her six month Old English Sheepdog, Piper, and has
gained enough confidence to take part in demonstrations at dog
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Dana has shown a
remarkable commitment to her dogs and responsible dog ownership and
is truly deserving of the award. We are glad that Dana has
received the recognition she deserves for everything she has done
and continues to do for her dogs.
The winner of the award was announced at the Good Citizen Dog
Training Scheme Awards ceremony at the Kennel Club's head office in
Gary Gray, National Sales Manager for Cat & Dog Professionals
at ROYAL CANIN®, said: ""Dana is a great example of someone who has
gone above and beyond for dogs.
"We are thrilled to be able to honour those who have done such
great things for the world of dogs through their commitment to
responsible dog ownership."