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Event Review: Dogs Trust Honours Awards 2013

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Earlier this week we were fortunate enough to attend the Dogs Trust Honours Awards – an annual event, now in its sixth year, honouring the UK’s most courageous and heroic canines. Basil and I joined over 20 dogs and 100 humans including celebrities such as Donna Air, Arlene Phillips and Brix Smith-Start at swanky private members club Home House to celebrate the unique relationship between man and dog.

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In the build up to the winners’ reveal, canine guests - wearing their finest dickie bows and in one case a top hat - were waited on by butlers serving doggy popcorn from Billy + Margot and pupcakes from Alpha & Ruby, both of which Basil inhaled at record speed. Humans were invited to write a message of love for their dog on an origami dog we’d received with our invite and attach to a beautiful origami tree. Find yourself at the Dogs Trust HQ and you’ll see what we wrote about Basil, as it now takes pride of place in their reception! Whilst mingling with the guest Basil seemed quite taken by Beans – dog to model Tuuili Shipster and started a budding friendship with George of online magazine Style Tails 

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With fun and pleasantries underway it was time to get down to doggy business and TV presenter Adrian Childs took guests through the incredible stories of this year’s seven winners including:

Hero Pet – Scampi 
14 month-old Jack Russell saved his owner Rosie from an attempted sexual attack just three days after he was adopted from Dogs Trust Newbury. Having bitten the assailant during the incident he had DNA taken from his mouth, which lead to an arrest.

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Daily Mirror Hero Pet – Gypsie
Staffie Gypsie saved his owner Nicky and her daughter from a potentially life-threatening situation when the running machine overheated in the night. Thankfully Gypsie alerted Nicky to the fire and she was able to put the fire out and prevent any injury to either her or her daughter. 

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Daily Mirror Hero Service – Alice 
Alice works as a Canine Partners assistance dog to ex-serviceman Melvin O’Dowd. Melvin is wheelchair bound following a bomb blast, which left him with a spinal injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. He cares for his 15 year-old son on his own and both their lives have been considerably improved since Daisy arrived. She not only helps him with daily tasks such as getting dressed, but she also provides him with a sense of security and recently raised the alarm when he collapsed in the bathroom. 

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Hero Service – Atrayu
Atrayu is a Newfoundland who is a constant companion for seven year-old Tolemey who suffers from Leukaemia. Through the general support of Atrayu, Tol has not only built up his confidence but can now swim and recently achieved his 25 metre badge, a huge feat for a child who deals with so many hurdles in life.

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Dogged Devotion – Daisy
Daisy, a Bull Mastiff, joined the Marshall family at a very difficult time as seven year-old Jack had recently lost his battle with brain cancer. Daisy gave Jack’s mum, Tracey, something to focus on and helped her to cope with her ongoing grief. 

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Dogs Best Friend – Karen Lawe
Karen is the co-founder of The Deaf Dog Network, an organisation that supports the owners of deaf dogs and the dogs themselves. Karen dedicates herself to educating potential owners, breeders and rescue centres about how to work with and train deaf dogs. Karen is pictured with Winki WuHuHu - a previous Barkarama Puparazzi pup-star.

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Pawfect Company – Rambla Nursing Home 
Rambla Nursing Home has an open-door dog policy. The home was nominated by Sue Stone, an elderly resident’s daughter, as they allow the Stone family dog, Spider, to regularly visit so he can offer companionship, happiness and a familiar face to her mother, Mrs Smith.

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The Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 dogs through its network of 18 Rehoming Centres across the UK and one in Dublin. For more information, adopt a dog or to support their efforts visit Dogstrust.org.uk. You can also keep up to date with their news at Dogs Trust on Facebook and @DogsTrust on Twitter.

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