A dog who was rescued from the dog meat trade and transformed
the life of his young owner with cerebral palsy has launched the
search for the 2016 winner of the annual Eukanuba Friends for Life
Miracle, crowned winner of the Kennel Club's annual dog hero
competition at Crufts last year by the British public, launched the
competition at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London on 17 and 18
Nominations are being sought for the 2016 winner from anybody who
feels that their life, or the life of somebody they know, has be
transformed by a dog - whether this be a companion dog, a service
dog, assistance dog or an all-round dog hero.
The nominations will be whittled down to a shortlist and a panel
of judges will select four finalists who will go forward to the
final at Crufts on 13th March 2016, 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 Miracle, who was rescued from
the slaughter house in Thailand where he was to be killed for dog
meat and whose companionship, since coming to the UK, transformed
the life of his six year old owner, Kyle Leask, who has cerebral
palsy. Kyle's mum, Amanda Leask, did a lap of honour with Miracle
at Eukanuba Discover Dogs, where the competition was
Annaliese Reekie, General Manager at Eukanuba said: "We were
overwhelmed with the number of entries last year and it was
incredible to see how many people's lives have been transformed by
the companionship, skills and bravery of dogs. We are delighted to
be working in partnership with the Kennel Club to recognise the
extraordinary relationship between man and dogs. Eukanuba Friends
for Life celebrates the unique and special relationship between
dogs and people and we can't wait to hear about the amazing stories
that will be shared in the Friends for Life competition."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "We see such a
diverse array of dogs enter this competition and each is so
deserving. We were thrilled to welcome Miracle to Eukanuba Discover
Dogs and his story represents all that this competition is about.
It is one of true transformation and, despite all of the odds, he
has not only survived but thrived, helping to enrich the life of
Kyle, and to give him confidence.
"We encourage anybody whose dog has earned the title of Friend for
Life to put them forward for recognition in this
To watch the Eukanuba Friends for Life film and to nominate a
Friend for Life please fill in the online form at