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  • Friends For Life 2012 - Lora & Libby

  • Lora and Libby - Support Dog of a Paralympic Hopeful

    Lora was born with a hereditary sight-loss condition, which also affects her mother and two brothers. But losing her sight by the age of five has not affected Lora's determination, and she is currently in training for a cycling place in the London 2012 Paralympic games.

    She is accompanied at all times by her faithful friend and guide dog, Libby, a black Labrador Retriever.

    From the moment they met, Libby has rarely left Lora's side, attending training sessions - where she sits on the track - or waiting for her in the changing rooms if she is out on the road. She even gave Lora the confidence to move away from home to go and study physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham.

    Lora says: "Libby is amazing. The first day we met she bounded out of the back of the training van and jumped up to see me, tail wagging -- it was as though she knew she was meant to be with me.

    "My training schedule at the moment is really busy, and Libby puts in just as many hours as I do, but never complains! Just finding my way to the velodrome without Libby can be a draining experience as all my concentration has to go into navigating my way there safely. When I'm with Libby I don't need to worry about any of that which means I can focus all my efforts into my cycling. Any medals I win in 2012 I will be sharing with her!"

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  • Tags: crufts, crufts 2012, friends for life 2012, lora and libby, olympics, paralympic games, paralympics, support dog, the kennel club
  • dfs Crufts 2011 Friends for Life - Joanne and Kaiser

  • Assistance dog, Kaiser -- the Golden Retriever/Poodle cross and Canine Partners Assistance Dog from Shropshire, who helps his owner, Joanne Day to cope with dystonia. This neurological disorder causes muscle spasms and leaves her body contorted and fixed into abnormal positions, causing others to dub her 'flamingo woman'. Kaiser gives her the confidence to leave the house and meet new people and helps with everyday tasks, such as dressing and picking things up, that Jo otherwise finds difficult to perform.

    Call 0844 646 0201 to vote for Joanne and Kaiser

    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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  • Tags: canine partners, crufts, dfs crufts 2011, dystonia, friends for life, joanne and kaiser, support dog
  • dfs Crufts 2011 Friends for Life - Grace and Merlin

  • Support dog, Merlin -- the crossbreed which has helped to turn around the life of 10 year old Grace Brown-Griffin from Kent. Grace is autistic and has ADHD and found it very difficult to concentrate or to deal with stressful situations before Merlin came along. Merlin won the Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year competition at Discover Dogs in November 2010.

    Call 0844 646 0205 to vote for Grace and Merlin

    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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  • Tags: adhd, crossbreed, crufts, dfs crufts 2011, grace and merlin, scruffts, support dog