DOGS TRUST HONOURS 2013 WINNERS
The annual Dogs Trust Honours Awards were held at Home House on 23rd July 2013.
Showcasing a wealth of heartwarming stories and celebrating a selection of the bravest dogs in the country, the awards highlight what a difference a dog can make to its' owner's life.
Celebrity host Adrian Chiles presented awards to the seven lucky winners, which range from outstanding pet dogs to the amazing humans doing their part.
From hundreds of nominations, the final seven were whittled down by the judging panel, which included Hugh Bonneville and Deborah Meaden, and their votes saw the following hailed as the winners of the Dogs Trust Honours 2013:
Hero Pet - Scampi
The 14-month-old Jack Russell saved his owner, Rosie, from an attempted sexual attack just three days after he was adopted from Dogs Trust Newbury.
Daily Mirror Hero Pet – Gypsie, voted for by readers
Staffie, Gypsie, alerted his owner Nicky to a fire in their home, avoiding any potential danger to either her or her daughter.
Hero Service Dog – Atrayu
Atrayu, a Newfoundland, is a constant companion for seven year-old Tolemey who suffers from Leukaemia. Through the support of his canine best friend he recently achieved his 25metre swimming badge.
Daily Mirror Hero Service – Alice, voted for by readers
Alice works as a Canine Partners assistance dog for ex-serviceman Melvin O'Dowd who is wheelchair bound following a bomb blast.
Dogged Devotion – Daisy
After Tracey's seven year-old son Jack recently lost his battle with brain cancer, Daisy joined the Marshall family and has helped Tracey with her grief.
Dog's Best Friend – Karen Lawe
Karen is the co-founder of The Deaf Dog Network, an organisation that supports the owners of deaf dogs and the dogs themselves. Karen dedicates herself to educating potential owners, breeders and rescue centres about how to work with and train deaf dogs.
Pawfect Company – Rambla Nursing Home
Rambla Nursing Home has an open-door dog policy. Sue Stone, a resident's daughter, nominated the home as they allow the Stone family dog, Spider, to regularly visit her mother so he can offer companionship, happiness and a familiar face to Mrs Smith.