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She said: “My eldest son Olly has Down syndrome and has benefited so much from canine company. Teddy is truly our entire family’s “therapy dog”.

“Tom, my youngest son, has dyslexia and found so much comfort reading to Teddy. He won’t read to us, but he will read to Teddy.

“I can’t imagine our lives without our dogs now.”

Golden retriever Ruby, who provides love and support to a young girl with cerebral palsy by relieving her anxiety and stress, is up for the award.

And Simba, springer spaniel fire investigation dog, who brings justice to victims of arson. was also named a finalist.

Bill Lambert, spokesperson for Crufts, said: “There were hundreds of incredible nominees, with this year’s five finalists each being recognized for their extraordinary feats and the difference they make.”

The prize winner will receive £5,000 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for the canine charity of their choice, with other runners-up receiving a £1,000 donation to the canine charity of their choice.

In 2020, Golden Retriever Leo, who leads a team of therapy dogs who visit Southampton Children’s Hospital to provide animal-assisted intervention, won the prestigious award.

Leo and his friends have been visiting the hospital up to five times a week for almost a decade.

The public can vote for their new hero dog until midday on March 13 by visiting crufts.org.uk/herodogawards2022.


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THE four-legged finalists for this year’s Kennel Club Hero Dog Award have gone above and beyond to serve their communities and help their owners.

Golden Retriever guide dog Milo is shortlisted to support Scott Bailey who started losing his sight in 2019.

Having Milo by his side has given Scott confidence and independence, but Scott’s life is often in Milo’s hands.

Scott, from Crewe, Cheshire, said: ‘I was scared and couldn’t leave the house alone. I went from working outside as a dairy farmer to sitting between four walls, day in and day out.

Rescue dog Chewie helped save his owner Ray Whiteley, who has multiple sclerosis, by “barking frantically” when Ray went into cardiac arrest.

In 2018, Ray’s wife Loretta was in their garden in Leyland, Lancashire, when she heard Chewie barking.

She went inside to find Ray in respiratory arrest and Chewie jumping on his chest.

One of the tricks Loretta and Ray taught Chewie was to perform CPR on their other rescue dogs.

The couple said that without their pup, Ray would be dead.

Their rescue dog was found half-buried in a bag with his paws and mouth glued alongside his litter mates when he was 12 weeks old.

Hero dogs Sonar, Bob, Walker and Newfoundlands provide support to frontline emergency service personnel and veterans.

Pete Lewin, from Leicester, runs a non-profit organization that works with his Newfoundland puppies to improve people’s mental health through swimming.

Pete said: “These dogs really save lives.”

Meanwhile, golden retriever Ruby cares for 16-year-old Olivia Cunliffe, who has cerebral palsy.

The teenager, from Barnsley, Yorkshire, is suffering from pain, anxiety and stress which has been alleviated thanks to the puppy.

Simba the Springer Spaniel is a hero for helping his master Anton Keach in the London Fire Brigade.

The four-year-old pooch can detect a variety of flammable substances and can help determine if a fire was started deliberately.

Last year, Simba helped bring murderers to justice after it was discovered that accelerators had been used in a fire.

Anton said: “Simba is a hero to us and an integral part of the London firefighting team,” Anton said.



Everyone told me getting a dog was a really bad idea. Life at home raising my three sons can be a bit chaotic – so having Teddy and Lottie (two Slovakian rescue dogs), and Matilda (a Miniature Bull Terrier) and Billy A Splodge (a Jack Russell), seems a bit crazy.

But our dogs are the best thing that can happen to our family. They make the house calmer and all of us so much happier.

Teddy is the best at listening to dyslexic readers, Lottie takes care of other dogs, Matilda is number one in wiper prints with her dismembered tail and dog toys, and Billy A Splodge (the A stands for Ace! ) is best for jumping and shooting. !

My eldest son, Olly, has Down Syndrome and has benefited greatly from canine company. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that children with Down syndrome and autism are helped by having a family member on all fours, with social interaction and also to feel calm. Olly has the best relationship with our dogs. He’ll just hold Teddy and pet him for hours.

Teddy is truly our entire family’s “therapy dog”. Tom, my youngest son, has dyslexia and found so much comfort in reading to Teddy. He won’t read to us, but he will read to Teddy. There is no judgment, just unconditional love.

Teddy, Lottie, Matilda and Billy A Splodge are part of the family and they have transformed our lives – just like the Kennel Club Hero Dog Award finalists whom we celebrate for their extraordinary feats and the difference they make.

All dogs are heroes to their owners; they are very special and loyal animals to have around. I can’t imagine our lives without our dogs now – just four more examples of everyday canine heroes, who are quietly changing our lives, without even knowing it.

Please watch all of the finalist stories and vote for your favorite on the Crufts website. Each showcases a different element of the amazing things dogs do for us and I look forward to celebrating their endless companionship by crowning the 2022 Kennel Club Hero Dog at Crufts on March 13th.

  • Sally Phillips, actress and Kennel Club Ambassador

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