Winners of 'Public Choice' Award

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Animal Hero Awards - "Animal Enthusiast of the Year"

We received some fantastic news today which still hasn't really sunk in - I've been nominated by someone for the "Animal Enthusiast of the Year" Award at this years prestigious Daily Mirror Animal Hero Awards.

Having scooped the "Public Choice" award at the Midland Media Awards earlier this year, it's still really hard to believe that the work we do with the dogs & more recently with the Retired WM Police Dog Benevolent Fund is being recognised by our fellow dog professional peers and the wider general public.

Just being nominated for such a prestigious Animal Hero Award is a massive achievement and we're extremely grateful to whoever put my name forward & felt we were worthy candidates for it.

It's great when things like this come up because it gives a great platform to get the message out about the Retired WM Police Dog Benevolent Fund. There's a lot of work going on behind the scenes of the fund, not just by myself but by a huge amount of people from the Committee Members, fellow puppy walkers, dog handlers & other fabulous members of the public who are really getting behind what the fund is trying to achieve - ultimately ensuring those hard working dogs get the very best lives in retirement.

It was a great honour receiving the Midland Media Award earlier this year, especially as we won purely down to the readers of our Blog & our (sorry Izzy's) followers on Twitter. It's great that so many people follow what we do both with the pups and also alongside the breed scheme at West Mids Police. The Retired WM Police Dog Benevolent Fund is a fantastic initiative and one in which many people are striving to make a success. I must admit I've been completely overwhelmed by the amount of interest & support the fund is receiving & we're really grateful for everyone who is getting behind the cause.

Alongside my nomination for the "Animal Enthusiast of the Year", I also received notification that one of our fantastic #policedogpensioners Retired PD Janus has also been nominated for 2 of the highest awards of the night. Retired PD Janus has been nominated for "Hero Animal of the Year" and also "Service Animal of the Year" in recognition of the fantastic job Janus did serving & protecting member of the West Midlands region.

Earlier this year Janus was also nominated for an award at Crufts where he was a finalist in the "Friends For Life" category, narrowly missing out to the fantastic & worthy winner Owen & Haatchi.

Without giving too much away Janus has been nominated for the awards at the Animal Hero Awards 2013 for his fantastic work as an operational Police Dog, who despite fighting cancer returned to full health & continued working for & serving the people of the West Midlands.

Throughout his career Janus has been a fantastic member of the Police Force & has worked in some extremely dangerous situations - no more so than when Janus & his handler were shot at during the riots in Birmingham.

Sadly whilst Janus was enjoying his retirement he suffered a cruciate ligament injury which meant his handler PC Dan Thomas faced a bill of over £1,000 of veterinary care to put it right. Yet as his faithful friend, partner & member of the family, Dan covered the cost of his treatment without any hesitation. No amount of money could repay Janus for his hard work, dedication & commitment towards his handler over the 10+ years they have spent together. Highlighted no moreso than in this video

For both myself & for Dan & Janus, simply receiving a nomination into the awards & being considered by someone to be worthy of an entry is an extremely high honour and it's a fantastic way for the Retired WM Police Dog Benevolent Fund to receive some publicity as we strive to give dogs like Janus the very best quality of life in retirement.

Thanks again to the people or person who nominated me in the "Animal Enthusiast of the Year Award" it's a real privilege but ultimately everything we do we're "doing for the dogs"