A boy from Ambrosden and his life-saving dog strutted their stuff at Crufts this weekend appearing in the main ring in front of hundreds of fans.
Steven Courtney, 11, and cocker spaniel Molls were nominated for the Friends for Life award at Crufts, the world’s biggest dog show, presented by the Kennel Club.
Molls help Steven, a type 1 diabetes sufferer, stay safe by alerting him to changes in his blood sugar levels through her sense of smell.
Running since 2006, the Friends for Life award celebrates stories of friendship through adversity between dog and owner, with Steven and Molls going up against four other finalists on live television for a public vote.
And although they didn’t win the overall title Steven, who attends Five Acres Primary School, insisted it was a day to remember for both him and his beloved pet.
“We’ve been to Crufts for three years now, it’s really busy and noisy but it was great to go into the main arena this time around,” said Steven. “I really enjoyed seeing all the different types of breeds of dogs.
“I was really excited that Molly had been nominated for the final, I think she is totally amazing.
“She comes everywhere with me, and alerts me when my blood sugar levels go too high or too low by jumping up and licking and fetching my blood glucose meter.
“She’s always happy and cheerful, everyone in my family loves Molls and they all think she is amazing like I do. She’s a winner for me.”
The winner of the award was Lucy Watts, from Benfleet, in Essex, with her cocker spaniel, Molly.
See Sportsbeat’s video of Steven and Molls from Crufts.