Let's have a round of a-paws for these star Huddersfield dogs
Let's have a round of a-paws for these star Huddersfield dogs.
The fabulous five were yapping with delight after being named winners in the Dog Star Awards.
The awards, sponsored by the Examiner, were part of the Bark in the Park fun day at Ravensknowle Park, Huddersfield.
There were amazing tales as some of the dogs had survived terrible ordeals.
Dudley, a three-year-old border collie, won the Assistance Dog Award.
Dudley has become a faithful friend to owner Susan Elliott and is a registered pet as therapy (PAT) dog and has been a regular visitor in homes for the elderly and infirm.
Susan said: “For the last two years he has been the mascot for Sainsbury’s in Market Street and has stood in stores for hours collecting for various different charities.
“Dudley is a gentle pillar of the community, he’s brought a lot of joy and pleasure to many people.”
Little Pippa, a miniature poodle, is 14, owned by Rob Dobbs and she won the Rescue Dog award.
She joined the Dobbs household through the RSPCA Elderly Animals Rehoming Scheme.
Rob said: “She was an emaciated, matted mess when she was brought to the RSPCA as a cruelty case.
“Considering the life she had probably had, she has lots of character, bursts of energy and she had a great love for people.”
Cassie, a seven-year-old greyhound, is one of Susan Dawson’s two dogs to win an award at the Bark in the Park awards.
Cassie won the Brave Dog award, truly deserved after fighting back from an injury.
Cassie was used for racing but was rescued after her tail was trapped in a starting stall – and then left untreated.
Lincoln Greyhound Rescue took her in before she joined the Dawson household in Meltham.
Cassie is now an ambassador for the Blue Greyhound, a fund for dog charities.
Susan’s other dog, Eli, won the Against All Odds award. Eli is a two-year-old Galgo Espanol and is a Spanish rescue dog.
Susan explained that around 100,000 of the dogs are killed every year in Spain.
Eli was found running for her life on a busy road. She was emaciated, weak and scared. Her body was covered in pellet wounds when she was taken in.
Susan said: “Eli is now learning what life is like as a pet. When I cuddle her I can feel all her scars and the shot pellets under the skin.
“She means so much to me and she is very much loved.”
Lastly, Branston owned by Zoe Stafford of Slaithwaite, won the Companion Dog award.
Branston, a staffy/basset mix is seven years old and he too was a rescue dog.
Zoe said he helped her through difficult times as her dad died from lung cancer.
“I don’t know if I’d have got through it without him. He was so good I’m considering registering him as a PAT to go into other hospices,” she said.
John Jackson, chairman of Huddersfield fun4paws, said: “It was a great day, we had obedience and agility courses for the dogs and it was an absolutely brilliant day.”
Adam Bell, of Calder Vets who sponsored the awards, Tracey Rodger, of Mars in the Community, and Natasha Maskery, of the Huddersfield Examiner, handed out prizes to the winners.