A DOG-LOVER and her remarkable pooch are hoping for a final spot in the Kennel Club’s Eukanuba Friends for Life competition at Crufts 2015, after receiving a prestigious nomination.
Butler, a four-year-old Golden Retriever, has been nominated for the gong by the Canine Partners charity, which provided the specially-trained animal to Sunderland’s Tara Johnson in February 2013.
The Kennel Club’s Eukanuba Friends for Life competition 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.
Owner Tara, 33, who was born with cerebral palsy and relies on a wheelchair, admitted that without Butler her story would be a very different one.
“As a busy working mum I still felt lost in myself and as if I had lost who I was as a person, when my condition worsened,” she said.
“I felt very frustrated and depressed with the extra care I needed, and I just felt empty like something was missing.
“But then my life changed forever.
“I remember the first day we met when we caught a glimpse of each other and Butler’s and my face lit up – it was going to be a match made in heaven.
“I often wonder what my life was like before and what I have done to deserve such an amazing friend in Butler.”
Butler is trained to assist Tara in all aspects of her life, helping her with household tasks, such as washing clothes and cleaning, as well as giving her the independence to be able to leave the house with his supervision.
The pair are hoping for a trip out for the Kennel Club’s Eukanuba Friends for Life showpiece on March 8, when Chris Amoo, dog-lover and 70s pop sensation with the band The Real Thing, reveals the winner.