Photos courtesy of the Kennel Club

Voting is now open for Crufts Hero Dog Awards in their Friends for Life competition. Ann Evans has the details. 


Pic Finalists in Crufts Friends for Life with James Middleton

Finalists in Crufts Friends for Life with James Middleton

The Kennel Club and James Middleton have announced the five hero dogs that will compete in the public vote for the prestigious Friends for Life award at Crufts 2020. The competition celebrates the unique relationship people have with their dogs, the important role man’s best friend plays throughout our lives and the support they give us in the face of adversity.

The Friends for Life winner (voted by you) will be announced on Sunday 8th March at 5.20pm in the Crufts main arena. The winner will receive £5,000 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for the dog charity of their choice, with the other finalists receiving £1,000 for their chosen dog charity.


Pic James Middleton

Pic James Middleton

Discover their full stories by visiting the Friends for Life on the Crufts website ( ) where videos of each finalist are available to view. You can vote for your favourite right up to Sunday 8th March. They are:


Pic PC Louise McMullen and Wolfie

PC Louise McMullen and Wolfie

German Shepherd police dog, Wolfie worked tirelessly as a firearms support dog and a close canine colleague for his owner, PC Louise McMullen of the West Midlands Police until a car chase in pursuit of criminals resulted in an accident leaving the dog with PTSD. 


Pic Hearing dog Jovi and Graham Sage

Hearing dog Jovi and Graham Sage

Jovi, a Cocker Spaniel hearing dog saved his owner Graham Sage from the fear and isolation of being deaf. He enables his owner to lead as normal a life as possible as a teacher and rugby coach.


Pic Syrian rescue dog Barrie with Sean Laidlaw

Syrian rescue dog Barrie with Sean Laidlaw

Barrie, a Syrian rescue dog saved by his owner Sean Laidlaw from a rubbish dump while in service and now gives Sean a meaning to life and helps him to deal with PTSD. 


Pic Therapy dog Leo with handler Lyndsey Uglow

Therapy dog Leo with handler Lyndsey Uglow

Leo, a Golden Retriever therapy dog who has saved countless children’s lives and gives emotional support to children who are seriously ill and in intensive care units.


Pic Ellie and owner Hayley Byrne Ingle

Ellie and owner Hayley Byrne Ingle

Ellie, a crossbreed dog who has become a lifeline to a Hayley Byrne-Ingle who lost her sister through suicide, giving her much needed support and a reason for living, enabling her to take part in lots of canine activities.

The Hero Awards are just part of a fantastic programme of events over the four days of Crufts. Don’t miss Scruffts, the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition also Discover Dogs which will host over 200 different breeds of pedigree dogs for you to meet.

The Arena will be showcasing fantastic displays and competitions. The Good Citizen Dog Scheme will have a training ring; there will also be a dog activities ring where you’ll see how to unleash your dog’s potential.

Crufts is also a shopper’s paradise for you and your best canine friend, with over 550 trade stands with special show offers and exciting new products. And of course, 22,000 dogs will be competing for the world-class title of Crufts Best in Show.

Crufts takes place from 5th – 8th March 2020 at the Birmingham NEC.