Crufts Hero Award finalists include a special dog that helps a girl with cerebral palsy

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Golden retriever Ruby is a Crufts Hero Award finalist and will compete against four other life-changing dogs to win the prestigious title tomorrow – including a dog that can sniff out arsonists

Four-year-old Ruby has a very special relationship with 16-year-old Olivia

The annual Hero Dog Award at Crufts celebrates extraordinary dogs who have transformed the lives of their owners.

This year, five incredible dogs are up for the prestigious award, including a special therapy dog ​​who supports his teenage owner with cerebral palsy and a firefighter dog who can sniff out arsonists.

Judges from the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, have selected the inspiring finalists to stand for public voting.

You can vote for your 2022 Hero Dog champion until Sunday, March 13 at noon by visiting the Crufts website.

The winner will be announced by prize ambassador Sally Phillips in the Resorts World Arena at the NEC in Birmingham on the final day of Crufts tomorrow – and will win £5,000.







Simba the hero dog helped convict two men of murder after a house fire
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Here are the four-legged heroes nominated as finalists:

Therapy dog ​​supports young girl with cerebral palsy







Ruby sleeps with Olivia and helps her relax
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Four-year-old golden retriever Ruby has a special relationship with Olivia Cunliffe, 16, from Barnsley, Yorkshire.

Olivia has cerebral palsy and Ruby helps her every day with her pain, anxiety and stress. Olivia likes to give her cookies and Ruby likes to bring her clothes and help her in any way she can.

With much of her treatment pushed back due to Covid, Olivia has also been in a lot of pain, making her involuntary movements worse.

Ruby helps calm these movements – she lays down with Olivia and gets into her body and relaxes her.

Ruby is also actively involved in Olivia’s physical therapy and supports her through different challenges, including shielding for over two years during the pandemic.

Suicide prevention dogs help frontline emergency services







Pete teaches Newfoundlanders how to help those with mental health issues
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Paramedic Pete Lewin, from Leicestershire, runs a non-profit organization working with Newfoundland dogs – Storm, Sonar, Bob and Walker – providing water therapy for suicide prevention.

His incredible team provides support to frontline emergency services and military veterans, and helps those with mental health issues.

Pete said: “These dogs are really lifesaving. A guy came to us after overdosing. Before swimming with the dogs he was suicidal and now he works for the ambulance service.

“Whatever dogs have, it helps people.”

A guide dog breathed new life into its owner







Milo transformed Scott’s life and gave him back his independence
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Three-year-old Golden Retriever Milo has brought Scott Bailey, from Crewe in Cheshire, back to life after he began to lose his sight in 2019.

Scott said: “I lost all confidence and felt like I couldn’t be the father my two daughters deserved. I was scared and couldn’t leave the house alone. I went from work to home. outside as a dairy farmer to sit between four walls, day in and day out.”

In September 2020, Milo finally became a full-time member of the Bailey family and by November he and Scott had qualified together as an owner and guide dog.

Having Milo by his side has not only brought Scott confidence, independence, and immeasurable happiness, but Scott’s life is often in Milo’s hands.

Milo saved Scott from being injured by unexpected construction work and on one occasion even stopped him from crossing a road during a dangerous police car chase, saving his life.

Scott even had the confidence to return to college, where he is training as a counselor to help others affected by sight loss.

A fire dog sniffs out arsonists and puts murderers behind bars







Anton is incredibly proud of Simba’s crucial work
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Simba, a five-year-old springer spaniel, assists his handler Anton Keach in the London Fire Brigade as a fire investigation dog.

The heroic dog is a crucial member of this life-saving team as he can detect a variety of flammable substances very quickly and help determine if a fire was started deliberately, ensuring justice for the victims of horrific arson attacks.

Last year, Simba helped bring two murderers to justice after they found the accelerators that had been used in a fatal fire in London.

Simba also provides great therapy for his two-legged colleagues, bringing them smiles even after the toughest days.

“Simba is a hero to us and an integral part of the London Fire Brigade,” said Anton.

Rescue dog saves owner’s life with CPR during heart attack







Loretta saved Chewie when she was just a puppy
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Then Chewie saved her husband’s life in return
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Five-year-old Chewie was found abandoned with his littermates at just 12 weeks old in a “shallow grave”, with his paws and mouth stuck together.

Loretta and Ray Whiteley, from Leyland, Lancashire, adopted Chewie and he quickly became an important member of the family, helping Ray, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, with his confidence.

In 2018, Loretta was in the garden when she heard Chewie frantically barking. She went inside to find Ray in respiratory arrest and Chewie jumping on his chest with “all his might”.

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

By the time Loretta pulled Ray out of his chair, he was in cardiac arrest. Loretta performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

Since her life-saving gesture, Chewie has helped raise over £5,000 for animal charities and other pets in need.

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