Voting lines are now open for the five finalists of the DFS Crufts Friends for Life competition. Presented by the Kennel Club, the contest aims to find Britain’s ultimate hero of the four legged variety.

Voting lines are now open for the five finalists of the DFS Crufts Friends for Life competition. Presented by the Kennel Club, the contest aims to find Britain’s ultimate hero of the four legged variety.
 
Among those searching for your votes in order to be crowned as DFS Crufts Friends for Life winner 2010 are search dog that has saved countless lives sniffing out explosives in Afghanistan; the first dog in the UK to detect a rare disorder in its owner that can cause death; an assistance dog that has changed the life of a nine year old with a life-limiting condition.
 
Sam and  his assistance dog Josie are in the running for the DFS Crufts Friends  for Life competitionFriends for Life, which has been running since 2006, 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.
 
The dog that the public has voted as having the most truly deserving tale will be presented with its trophy during a special ceremony in the main arena at the Birmingham NEC, on the final night of DFS Crufts (Sunday 14th March) which will be televised live by More4.
 
Kennel Club spokesperson Caroline Kisko said: “The dogs that are nominated for this year’s Friends for Life competition have had a truly life changing impact on people’s lives and can teach us all a lesson about loyalty, companionship and bravery. Each has done well to get this far but it is now up to the public to vote for the dog’s story that inspires and moves them the most, so that they can be presented with their trophy in the main arena at DFS Crufts.”
 
Friends for Life is one of a number of events and competitions at DFS Crufts that celebrates the diverse role that dogs play in society and the way that they enrich our lives. For example:

  • The close relationship between dog and owner will be celebrated in the agility, obedience and showing competitions,
  • Police dogs will be rewarded for their bravery in the Police Dog Team Operational and Humanitarian Action of the Year Award, and
  • British Heritage Breeds that are vulnerable due to a decline in popularity will be celebrated in a parade that is dedicated to their future prosperity.

 
Find out more about all five 2010 Friends for Life finalists by watching them online.

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