Life Lifetime Achievement Award

Sunday 19 November 2017

Lifetime Achievement Shortlist

Woof! We have whittled it down to just five entries in the Lifetime Achievement category. Read the submissions below, then be sure to cast your vote. Don't forget to provide your name and email address to be in with a chance to win an exclusive photoshoot with dog-lover photographer Robert Flanagan from Robert Flanagan Photography. Robert is offering an hour-long photoshoot of the lucky winner and their dog in a location of the winner’s choice* (beach, their house, etc) along with a print and a USB full of great snaps to post on social media.

*Robert Flanagan will meet the lucky winner in Dublin, Louth, Meath or Wicklow

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1. Dexter

Megan Tierney & Dexter From County Meath: I think that my dog Dexter deserves the life time achievement award because he brings such joy to all our family and everyone he meets. Dexter is a fantastic ambassador for his breed the Husky. He has raised over €4000 for Dublin Husky Rescue. He attends all their adoption days and events as the mascot. Dexter has also won The Nose of Tralee 2016 and RSVP's Ireland Next Top Madra 2016. From these competitions he's doanted/raffled his prizes with all money going to Dublin Husky Rescue. If he won this life time achievement award it would be the icing on the cake for him and for all our family. He's achieved so much in his 7 years and defiantly deserves the title. He has made our family beyond proud. Dexter is my best friend and means the absolute world to me.

2. Elmo

Sabrina Rice: At 5 years old it doesn’t seem like my toy poodle Elmo is old enough for a lifetime achievement award but he is. Elmo may not look like the outdoor adventurer type. Owned by a dog groomer, he has had a variety of hair dos and been partner in winning pet stylist of the year and various other grooming awards . But his biggest achievement is conquering Wicklow’s largest peak Lugnaquilla, Tonelagee mountain and Donegal’s highest peak Errigal. After losing 3 stone this year myself I conquered these too but the real joy is seeing him make it and seeing people’s faces when a 5 kg poodle can achieve that. He provides me with motivation to achieve new mountaineering goals and keeping fit.

3. Harper

Quinn Barry: Harper is a 15 month old Chihuahua mix, and my best friend in the entire world. I suffer from a range of mental and physical health disorders and am disabled, and went looking for a dog to help me with my extreme loneliness. I was near suicidal and almost never left my house. I found Harper online, and immediately fell in love. Since bringing him home, he's been my constant companion and dearest friend, he's gotten me out of my house and given me the confidence to go back to college. He cares for me when I cry, he distracts me with play, and he wakes me each morning with a kiss on my nose. I know he's young but he's done more in these few months for me than a decade of human medical care, and I think he deserves some recognition.

4. Amber

Tracy Moore: Meet Amber Moore, our Golden Retriever fur baby who will be 3 years old on Friday, 20th October. It would be a paw-some birthday present if she qualified for your Top Dog Showcase Wall, what a Yappy Birthday that would be! Amber lives in Artane, Dublin, and is registered with Irish Therapy Dogs, she has been visiting the elderly in care homes for the last 18 months. She has such a sweet disposition and is an integral part of our family. She also does agility and sniffer training. Amber’s hobbies are playing football, chewing sticks, and sleeping on her favourite couch.

5. Meeko

Hi, my name is Tracy. One and a half years ago myself and my partner decided we needed a dog in our life so we opened up our home to a puppy. On the way to collecting him we decided his name on the spot was going to be Meeko. I am in a wheelchair so I needed that companion in my life to be there for me through hard times and good and so I could be there for him. I always longed for a dog so when my partner agreed to one I was never so happy. Fast forward one and a half years and here we are with our boy. We've never been so happy. The love and loyalty he gives us is beyond comparison of anything I've ever felt. He is my companion and my best friend through thick and thin. At the beginning of August I was admitted to hospital in the ICU and I'm very lucky to be here as I contracted pneumonia. My boy has always stayed by my side since I've come out of hospital. He's been there for me and has helped me in my recovery. Seeing him and his lovely face every morning just enlightens my soul. My 12 year old daughter also loves him as he is a member of our family.

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