A dog who has saved his owner’s life on several occasions has been nominated for a top award at Crufts.
Claire Moon of Arlesey has nominated her labrador Magic for the competition, which seeks to find stories of dogs’ outstanding bravery and devotion to their owners.
The two came together through the charity Medical Protection Dogs in September last year and Claire’s life has completely changed since then.
Her condition is life-threatening, but with Magic around Claire can finally enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures – like a good night’s sleep.
She said: “Since I have had him he has made such a difference.
“I can sleep through the night without waking. He has saved my life a few times and he has changed it dramatically.
“Before I got him I would be up every hour at night testing my blood glucose level.
“I would be afraid to go to sleep in case I wouldn’t wake up.”
She added: “It has been a total life-changer – I have become more confident and I am beginning to do things differently.
“Most assistance dogs work when the jacket is on but Magic works 24/7.
“If he notices a difference in my blood sugar levels he will be alert, whether it is two in the afternoon or two in the morning.”
Claire works as a children’s diabetes nurse at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and she has also noticed Magic’s uplifting influence with colleagues and patients.
She said: “A lot of the kids love seeing Magic.”
“I have often had to go up to the intensive care unit and Magic will let a kid stroke him and they will feel a little bit happier about being in hospital.
“I share an office with quite a few other nurses and if we are having a bad day all we have to do is look at Magic and he makes us feel better.”
The Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, will announce a shortlist of the five dogs that will go into the Friends for Life final. The public will then vote for which of the five dogs has the most truly deserving tale.
The winner will be announced on Sunday, March 9, in the Main Arena alongside thousands of happy, healthy dogs at Birmingham’s NEC.
The trophy will then be presented by Chris Amoo, dog lover and 1970s pop sensation with the band ‘The Real Thing’.