The Friends for Life will take place at the NEC in Birmingham and the Kennel Club wants to hear from people who feel their life has been changed dramatically by their dog.

Crufts will host The Kennel Club’s annual Friends for Life competition next year.

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

Now the Kennel Club wants to hear from people who feel their life or that of somebody they know, has been changed dramatically by their dog. The deadline for nominations is January 14 and five dogs will be shortlisted for the final.

The winning dog will be chosen by public vote and will be announced on Sunday March 10 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 while 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 served five tours of duty in Afghanistan with his handler Michael Barrow.
  • Ruby Roo, who helped her owner Karen through depression.
  • Kizzie, support dog for former Royal Marine Steve.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club spokesperson, said: “Friends for Life celebrates those dogs that 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, 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.

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