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Crufts 2014 Dog Heroes Revealed


MEDICAL DETECTION DOG, SOLDIER'S BEST FRIEND AND RESCUED STRAY ARE AMONGST FRIENDS FOR LIFE FINALISTS 2014


A dog that can detect a potentially fatal drop in a young boy's blood sugar levels; a Lance Corporal's dog who helped him live a normal life again after he was blinded during training and a Cocker Spaniel who helps give a wheelchair bound young lady with a rare genetic disease much needed confidence, are amongst the five finalists for the Crufts Friends for Life competition 2014.

The annual Crufts Friends for Life competition, run by the Kennel Club, celebrates uplifting stories of friendship in adversity and the five dogs which have made the 2014 shortlist were selected for their exceptional loyalty to their owners and for the way that they have changed their lives.

Voting lines are now open and the dog that goes on to receive the most public votes will win the competition, which will be announced at the Birmingham NEC, on the final night of Crufts, Sunday 9thMarch.

The finalists for 2014 are:

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The dogs that have made the final of the Crufts Friends for Life competition are all truly inspirational and demonstrate just how important dogs are to our lives and what a difference they make to us, both in our best times and when things are tough.

"People can vote for the story that touches them the most and the winner will be announced on the final night of Crufts. Of course, each and every one of the finalists has helped to change and save their owner's lives in their own unique and special way."

 

The winner of the Friends for Life competition will receive £1,500 and the other finalists will receive £750, from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, all for their chosen charities. These will be: Steven and Molls, Medical Detection Dogs; Lucy and Molly, A.I.D for Dogs; Konrad and Radley, Guide Dogs and Special Care Baby Unit at Glangwili General Hospital in Carmarthen; Lottie and Velvet, Dogs for the Disabled and Julie and Jessie, Dogs 4 Adoption.

People can vote for their ultimate 'Friend for Life' by using the numbers below:

Steven and Molls                 0844 646 0201

Lucy and Molly                     0844 646 0202

Konrad and Radley             0844 646 0203

Lottie and Velvet                  0844 646 0204

Julie and Jessie                   0844 646 0205

 

Calls cost 5p from a BT land line.  Calls from other networks may vary and from mobiles will cost considerably more.  Voting closes at 7.30pm on Sunday 9thMarch 2014.  Details and terms at channel4.com/crufts