The Kennel Club Friends for Life 

Friends for Life celebrates the many positive things dogs do for us and how they change and enhance peoples’ lives.

If you own, are partnered with, or know of a dog that has changed a life, brought happiness to someone or allows someone to live their day to day life more easily, we want to hear your nominations for our five categories. (UK entries only)

Nominations for Friends for Life 2019 are now closed.

Find out more about last year's winner

Our five categories are as follows: 

    1. Extraordinary life of a working dog (active or retired)

      For those who have shown extraordinary qualities working in the army, police force, RAF, airport, search and rescue etc.

    2. Hero assistance dog (active or retired)

      Celebrating all assistance dogs, from guide dogs and hearing dogs to medical detection dogs and autism assistance dogs.

    3. Man’s best friend

      Celebrating a pet dog who has seen its owner through the hardest times as well as the happiest.

    4. Child’s hero 

      Celebrating a pet dog who has seen its owner through the hardest times as well as the happiest.

    5. Breed Rescue dog of the year

      For a dog who has improved its owner’s life after being rehomed through a Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisation

 

We want to celebrate and share the amazing stories of how dogs give back to us every day of our lives. There will be one winner per category, decided through a public vote and the overall winner will be announced in the main Arena at Crufts 2019. 

The winner will also be awarded £5,000 and the runners up will each receive (for their nominated canine charity) £1,000 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust – helping to make a difference for dogs. 

Nominations for Friends for Life 2019 are now closed.

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