The owner of a dog which was nominated for a special award at this year’s Crufts says she is proud of her pet despite not making the final shortlist.
Raunds woman Katy Heasman, 24, says her dog Ruby, a rescued Jack Russell-cross-beagle helped alleviate her issues with anxiety and stress.
Ruby was nominated for the Friends For Life award at this year’s Crufts competition, but was not chosen to join the final shortlist of five dogs which went to the finals.
Katy said: “I used to get anxious but the first time I took Ruby for a walk I knew she was the one for me. She knows when I’m upset and when I’m stressed. I can’t leave the flat without her. I have to take her with me.”
Two-year-old Ruby has put on weight since she was rescued from squalid conditions.
The Kennel Club said Katy and Ruby’s story was inspirational and they hoped it would encourage nominations for next year’s Friends For Life award at Crufts 2015.
Nominations have not yet opened, but more information about the category can be found at www.crufts.org.uk.