Friends For Life is an inspiring celebration of man's best friend. Running since 2006, the competition celebrates heart-warming stories of friendship in adversity, where dogs have truly earned the title of man’s best friend, through bravery, support or companionship.
Five shortlisted dogs, selected for their outstanding bravery or devotion to their owners, attend the final at the Main Arena in NEC in Birmingham on the final night of Crufts (Sunday 8th March 2015), which will be televised by Channel 4. The winner is selected by the public.
The 2013 competition was won by Owen Howkins and his three-legged Anatolian Shepherd dog, Haatchi. Owen has a rare genetic condition called Schwartz Jampel Syndorome, which causes his muscles to be permanently tense and has left him in a wheelchair, but his rescue dog companion Haatchi, who lost a leg after being cruelly tied to a railway line, taught him how to overcome adversity.