Vote for Sam & Josie - Call 0844 646 02 03*
The Daly Family sat glued to the television on a wet cold day in March 2006 watching Crufts and the Friends for Life competition featuring Daniel George and his assistance dog Yogi. This struck a particular chord as their eldest son, Sam, had just been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy the same life-limiting condition as Daniel that gradually wastes the muscles of those affected.
An application was submitted in 2008 when Sam was seven years old the earliest that Dogs for the Disabled train assistance dogs for children with physical disabilities.
Finally, in spring 2009, the call came to say that Sam would be matched with Josie, a Labrador who wanted to be everybodys friend. It was great to see Sam looking forward to something again.
At home, Sams family really began to see the changes in his confidence and a renewal of his enjoyment in the outside world.
Josie is now the best friend he ever wanted and the pair are inseparable.
* Calls cost 5p from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary and calls from mobiles will cost considerably more. Voting closes at 19.30 on 14 March.