A dog that has spent her entire life living in a dementia care home changing the lives of its elderly residents and a dog who miraculously survived a journey that was due to end in him being slaughtered for meat, but who now has a special bond with a six year old boy with cerebral palsy, are two of the finalists for the prestigious Eukanuba Friends for Life competition, at Crufts 2015.
The annual Eukanuba Friends for Life competition at Crufts, run by the Kennel Club, celebrates uplifting stories of friendship in adversity and the four dogs which have made the 2015 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 in the Main Arena at the Birmingham NEC, on the final night of Crufts, Sunday 8th March.
The finalists for 2015 are:
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “All of the finalists for the Eukanuba Friends for Life competition 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.”
Jose Luis Ibanez from Eukanuba, said: “We are so pleased to be part of a competition that celebrates how loyal and loving man’s best friend truly is. It is now down to the public to choose the overall winner whose story touches them the most, which will be announced on the final night of Crufts.”
The winner of the Eukanuba 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.
People can vote for their ultimate ‘Eukanuba Friend for Life’ at channel4.com/cruftsvote. You can watch videos of the finalists at www.youtube.com/crufts . Find out more information about the competition at www.crufts.org.uk/eukanubafriendsforlife