On Friday 11th March, Bilbo Baggins, a six-year-old Cockapoo,
was named Pets as Therapy Dog of the Year. Bilbo's owner Philippa
Cadge accepted the award in the Arena during the second day of
Bilbo Baggins works at the Cherry Trees in Surrey, a
home-from-home respite care centre for children and young people
with severe disabilities. Aside from brightening everyone's day at
Cherry Trees, Bilbo has also helped children get over their fear of
dogs and visits the residents at Furze Hill Lodge care home when he
After Bilbo's win Philippa said: "Bilbo does such great work, so
I'm absolutely thrilled that he's the winner. It is a wonderful
achievement, and I'm so proud of him. He was so excited to come
here, he didn't really know what to do with himself!
"Goodness knows what he'll be making of all the attention, but
maybe it will sink in for him next week. As for me, I've got a
bottle of champagne waiting for me to celebrate!
"They're going to be thrilled to bits at Cherry Trees, and
it should hopefully give them so much needed publicity,
particularly as it was them who nominated us.
Crufts took place from 10th - 13th March 2016 at the NEC,
Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.
The results for Crufts 2016 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk.
For free downloadable images from Crufts 2016, please go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2016/.