Last chance to nominate for Friends for Life competition

Dogs that have truly earned the title of man’s best friend are still being sought by the Kennel Club for its annual Friends for Life competition being held at the country’s most prestigious dog event, Crufts.

The dog heroes competition, Friends for Life, will take place at the NEC in Birmingham on 10th March 2013. Friends for Life celebrates heart-warming stories of friendship in adversity, where dogs have changed the lives of their owners through bravery, support or companionship.

The Kennel Club wants to hear from people who feel that their life, or the life of somebody that they know, has been changed dramatically by their dog. The deadline for nominations is 14th January 2013 and five dogs will be shortlisted for the final. The winning dog will be chosen by public vote and will be announced on Sunday 10th March 2013 in the NEC Arena in Birmingham, before the grand finale of the Crufts Best in Show award.

Last year’s finalists were: Obi, who was injured whilst bravely serving on the front line during the 2011 riots with his handler PC Phil Wells; Libby, the support dog for paralympic cyclist Lora Turnham; Buster, a former RAF dog who survived five tours of duty in Afghanistan with his handler Michael Barrow; Ruby Roo, who helped her owner Karen through depression and Kizzie, support dog for former Royal Marine, Steve.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club spokesperson, said: “Friends for Life celebrates those dogs which quietly go about changing people’s lives in their own unique and special way. There is rarely a dry eye in the house during the competition and we are looking forward to hearing from those people who want to thank their dog for changing their lives forever, by recognising them on the world’s greatest dog stage.

“Friends for Life is just one aspect of Crufts that celebrates the diverse role that dogs play in society and the way that they enrich our lives.”

To nominate a dog, please email details of why you think the dog should win the award to Andrea Peters at, fill in the form at or write to Andrea Peters, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB.

Voting lines for the overall winner will open in March, once the five shortlisted finalists have been announced.

To watch footage of the 2012 Friends for Life finalists, please visit

4 January 2013