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  • DFS Crufts 2010 Friends For Life - Sam & Josie

  • 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.

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  • dfs Crufts 2011 Friends for Life - Mike and Echo

  • Haiti earthquake dog, Echo -- the Labrador and Search and Rescue Dog with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Dog service was deployed to Haiti after the earthquake in January last year. Despite collapsing due to the searing heat and needing to be put on a drip, he returned to work to help rescue a young girl called Mia, after she was found under the wreckage of a kindergarten.

    Call 0844 646 0204 to vote for Mike and Echo

    Calls cost 5p from a BT land line. Calls from other networks may vary and from mobiles will cost considerably more. Details and terms at channel4.com/crufts. Voting closes at 7.30pm on Sunday 13th March 2011.

    For full terms and conditions visit www.channel4.com/crufts

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