12, 2018 Mayor's
praise for Burnham-On-Sea dog lover after emotional Crufts win
Mayor has praised a devoted Burnham-On-Sea dog owner after her rescue
dog won a coveted top award at Crufts yesterday (Sunday).
Holbrow - known to many in Burnham as Ness - and her re-homed Border
Terrier, called Sir Jack Spratticus, won the Crufts 2018 Friends
for Life award, which shines a light on rescue dogs who play a leading
role in helping people battle adversity.
star and 'Spice Girl' Geri Horner (formerly Halliwell) announced
Sir Jack as the winner, leading to emotional scenes as Ness tearfully
accepted the award.
dog is credited with saving Ness' life after helping her overcome
various mental health problems.
Jack was crowned the proud winner after attracting the most votes
in a public poll across the UK that attracted over 22,000 votes
in total. Ness thanked all those who supported her and Jack, saying
it means a "tremendous amount to her."
added: "I am in absolute disbelief and am so proud of Jack.
He had such a bad start in life and it took me a year to train him,
but this just shows what love and patience can do."
is training to be an official assistance dog, he helps to raise
awareness of mental health issues and he is my family. I dont
know what I would do without him."
and Highbridge's Mayor Bill Hancock told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's
fantastic that she and Jack have won, I am incredibly pleased and
so chuffed for her."
story is such an emotional one, given what they've gone through,
and I know it really touches everyone in the area. They are so deserving
of this Crufts win - I think their story should be made into a film."
as winner, receives £5,000 from the Kennel Club Charitable
Trust for the dog charity of their choice, and other finalists have
also received £1,000 towards their own canine charities.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Jack has been a Godsend for me and
has had a huge impact on my life."
helped her recover from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Complex
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), Dissociative Disorders (DD)
and an eating disorder.
Horner, formally Halliwell, said: "Before Vanessa, people had
given up on Jack, but Vanessa never did, and Jack never gave up
on Vanessa, which makes this such a beautiful partnership. This
competition epitomises what Crufts is about - we care for dogs,
and they care for us as well."
Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: "Huge congratulations to
Vanessa and Jack for their incredible win their story is
so moving and inspiring, it really shows how dogs can transform
the lives of their owners."
have had some amazing finalists for this years Friends for
Life competition, and they all should be extremely proud to have
got through to the final five."
finalist has helped to change and improve the quality of their owners
life, showing unwavering loyalty and they are a great example of
the incredible difference that dogs can make to peoples lives."
before Sunday's win, she added: "Jack deserves to be at Crufts
- his journey from a rescue dog is extraordinary. I rehomed him
at 13 months and I was his fourth home. He was a considerable challenge
initially because of his agressive behaviour."
spent many weeks in dog training classes and we even had to go in
a broom cupboard initially during lessons because of Jack's terrible
behaviour. He had a lot to learn."
then, he's become a wonderful pet and an incredibly special loving
companion for me."
had to cope with long breaks away from me while I have been in hospital,
but he has been there to help me recover. He's taught me what love
such a wonderully friendly dog who's loved by a lot of people in
found Canine Generated Independence last year and he's now training
to be my assistance dog."
is among five rescue dogs who were up for the Crufts' 2018 Friends
for Life award, which shines a light on VIP dogs who play a leading
role in helping people battle adversity.
from over 300 applicants by judges from The Kennel Club, each of
the finalists was chosen from five distinct categories before being
entered for an all-important public vote to name the top dog at
an awards ceremony.
Club Secretary Caroline Kisko said: "Friends For Life is an
opportunity to celebrate these dogs that quietly go about changing
people's lives in their own unique and special way."
The emotional scenes at the show in Birmingham on Sunday (Photos:
Crufts / Kennel Club / Flick.digital / Burnham-On-Sea.com)
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