The Kennel Club Friends for Life competition celebrates those dogs in our lives that provide lifetime service, support, love and devotion. This is a showcase of how dogs can be true heroes and make an extraordinary contribution to our lives and, in many cases, change them for the better.
The final five nominees will be announced on Tuesday 27 February 2018. People can then vote for the dog they want to win, with the victor receiving £5,000 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to donate to a dog charity of their choice and the runners-up receiving £1,000. The ultimate winner will be announced on Sunday March 11 2018, prior to the Best In Show judging.
In the meantime, local papers have been reporting on those dogs lucky enough to make the shortlist. Each and every story is truly inspirational, and we’ve collated them here for you to read at your leisure; just click on the dog’s name to follow the links.
Extraordinary Life of a Working Dog category
Finn the German Shepherd, owned by PC Dave Wardell, from Buntingford
Fletcher the Golden Retriever, owned by Christine Mildenhall, from Worthing
Quiz the black Labrador, owned by Kirstin Disney
Hero Assistance Dog category
Flora the Akita, owned by Robert Stuhldreer, from Islington
Griffin the Labrador, owned by Clare Syvertsen, from Northolt [Finalist]
Kratu the Romanian Mioritic-Carpathian sheepdog mix, owned by Tessa Eagle Swan, from Newmarket
Misty the Patterdale Terrier, owned by Natalie Mitchell, from York
Rhea the Standard Poodle, owned by Jan Fagg, from Hurstpierpoint
Snoop Dawg the the springer-collie-labrador mix, owned by Beth Ponsford, from Chard
Man’s Best Friend category
Archie the Greyhound, owned by Alex Cowtan, from Baldon
Dean the Greyhound, owned by Freya Baxter, from Bullbridge
Gladys the Shih Tzu, owned by Ashleigh Rose, from Nantwich
Nicky the Saluki X Greyhound, owned by Michaela Field
Riley the Lurcher, owned by Abigail McAuley, from Daventry
Scout, the Lurcher, owned by Tracey Ison, from Hinckley
Breed rescue dog of the year
Jack the Border Terrier, owned by Vanessa Holbrow from Burnham on Sea [Finalist]