Following an extraordinary public response to the first ever Dogs Trust Honours in 2008, the charity is preparing itself for an even greater flood of nominations this year.

According to the charity, the great British public proved all too eager to shout from the rooftops about their dogs’ wonderful ways.

Dogs Trust Honours 2009 The Dogs Trust Honours are a canine version of the Pride of Britain Awards, dedicated to celebrating the myriad of ways in which dogs enhance our lives. They aim to uncover the most amazing, heart warming and personal stories from across the UK, culminating in a “star-studded” awards ceremony to be held at London’s prestigious Hurlingham Club on May 19.

Nominations can be made at until midnight, April 15. On the website you will also find further information and details about the categories, which include:

  • Hero Dog
  • Dogged Devotion
  • Dog’s Best Friend
  • Golden Oldie
  • The Rex Factor

Dogs Trust Chief Executive Clarissa Baldwin said: “Every week Dogs Trust is inundated with stories of how dogs have enriched people’s day to day lives, whether through being a comfort to the sick or the lonely, being a support to those with special needs, or through acts of incredible bravery.

“The Dogs Trust Honours 2009 are a unique opportunity to celebrate all these wonderful stories – and the dogs behind them. It is only right we recognise and celebrate those devoted dogs that have gone the extra mile for their human companions.”

TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher and wildlife expert Kate Humble will be amongst the judges.

Kate Humble said: “I am overjoyed to be judging these marvellous awards, although I know already how hard it is going to be! I know on a personal level just how much dogs enhance our lives, and I am only sorry I won’t be able to nominate my own gorgeous dog Badger!”

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