Boo, from Swindon, Wiltshire, a Lurcher who is credited with
transforming the life of her owner following complications in
pregnancy that left her unable to have children and suffering from
post-traumatic stress disorder has this evening (Sunday March 13th)
been announced as the winner of the Eukanuba Friends for Life
competition at Crufts 2016.
Boo, owned by Rosie Reid, was one of four hero dogs shortlisted
for the Eukanuba Friends for Life competition. Decided by a public
vote, the owners of the finalists shared their unique stories with
the nation before the text lines were open and the public voted for
their winner, which was announced in the Genting Arena at the
Crufts 125th anniversary event.
The proud owner and deserving dog were presented their award,
which included a cheque for £1,500 from the Kennel Club Charitable
Trust for their chosen charity. In addition to this all profits
from the public votes are to be donated to the Kennel Club
Charitable Trust to help make a difference for dogs.
In 2010, Rosie Reid lost her first baby due to complications
during the pregnancy that were sadly missed. She is now unable to
have children and has been left with an incurable condition which
causes regular internal bleeding and causes her body to fight
against itself, as well as suffering from chronic fatigue
Feeling an unbearable urge to mother, Rosie saw an advert for a
litter of puppies which needed a home, and went to visit Boo, one
of the puppies, and brought her home right away. The two of them
were 'joined at the hip' from day one; when Rosie woke from
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) nightmares, Boo was there;
when Rosie couldn't bend down to pick up something, Boo got it for
her. Within a week, Boo had begun to detect when Rosie was about to
suffer a PTSD attack and would alert her.
Despite the positive impact which Boo has had on her owner's
life, she faces her own health struggles as she recently suffered
heart failure and Rosie was told she wouldn't survive the night.
Luckily, she eventually improved but Rosie has been told it could
happen again at any time.
Speaking about their win, Rosie said: "I am just so proud of Boo
and all of the finalists, they are all winners. Boo and Eukanuba
Friends for Life have both really helped me on my journey and the
support has been overwhelming. I just hope that it will inspire
others to talk about what they've been through or are going through
in some way. I've grown up watching Crufts so to be here now and to
win is a dream come true."
Annaliese Reekie, Managing Director for competition sponsors,
Eukanuba UK said: "Boo is an incredibly worthy winner of this
year's Eukanuba Friends for Life competition with a very touching
story of how she has transformed her owner's life, showing quite
simply how special the bond is that they hold together.
"At Eukanuba, we encourage owners to bring out the extraordinary
in their dogs by providing them with premium nutrition and
appropriate care, and as such, I want to thank the other finalists,
and all of the people who decided to be part of Eukanuba Friends
for Life competition this year by taking the time to share their
incredible stories about their extraordinary dogs."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "This was another
fantastic year, with four very deserving finalists, and what a
winner. We want to send our congratulations to Boo and Rosie -
their story is incredible and very moving.
"Each year we receive many nominations for the Eukanuba Friends
for Life competition, and it is amazing to hear so many stories of
courageous, loving and supporting dogs. All of the finalists have
done so well to make it in to the final, and they all perfectly
highlight what wonderfully loyal and great companions our
four-legged friends can be.
"Each and every one of the dogs in the final has helped to
change and improve the quality of their owner's life, showing
unwavering loyalty to their owners and they are a great example of
the incredible difference that dogs can make to people's
The four dogs which made the 2016 final were selected by a panel
of judges, including dog loving actor Martin Clunes, for their
outstanding loyalty to their owners and for the way that they have
irrevocably changed their lives.
Actor and Eukanuba Friends for Life judge, Martin Clunes,
commented: "The quality this year is as high as it's ever been in
this competition. It testifies how many amazing heroic
relationships there are between people and their dogs and the fact
that dogs just simply keep on giving. It is a massive honour for
the owners that their wonderful dogs get the recognition they truly
deserve. Congratulations to the very deserving winner."
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/.