A life-saving dog that detects the blood sugar levels of a young Bicester boy suffering from diabetes has made the final of the Friends for Life competition at Crufts.
Before Molly, a cocker spaniel, came along Steven Courtney’s mother Serena used to sit next to her 11-year-old son’s bed trying to figure out if he was in mortal danger.
But now that Molly is in their lives mum can rest easier.
Steven, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, used to constantly worry about the glucose levels in his blood but he can now relax and enjoy doing regular things because of Molly’s super snout.
Molly alerts to dangerously low and high blood sugar levels during day and night, helping Steven stay safe and enabling him to live life to the full.
“Having Molly by my side means that I can relax and be a lot more confident,” Steven said.
“She jumps up and licks me when my levels are too high or low and I don’t know what I would do without her.
“I loved her straight away and she’s my best friend. We do everything together.
“Molly saves my life every day and having her means that my mum doesn’t worry as much anymore.
“She sleeps at the end of my bed so that if something happens in the middle of the night I will know.”
The Friends for Life competition celebrates the heart-warming stories of friendship in adversity, where dogs have truly earned the title of man’s best friend through bravery, support or companionship.
The Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, named Molly as one of its five finalists for the Friends for Life competition and the public can vote for her to win by calling 0844 646 0201.
The winner will be announced on March 9, at Birmingham’s NEC, with the trophy presented by Chris Amoo, dog lover and 70s pop sensation with the band The Real Thing.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club spokesperson, said: “Molly and Steven have a truly inspirational story and such a close partnership and they have done so well to reach the final of the Crufts Friends for Life competition.
“The dogs that enter this competition remind us just how important dogs are to our lives and what a difference they make to us.”