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Chichester labrador up for Crufts award

A 10-year-old Labrador from Chichester will appear at Crufts this year, as a finalist in HiLife PAT (Pets As Therapy) Dog of the Year 2018 award.

Evie has been working as a PAT dog for eight years, bringing joy and relief to all her patients.

Pets As Therapy is an independently funded charity where registered dogs and their owners provide animal assisted therapy.

Evie's work includes regular visits to St Richard's Hospital and local care homes. As well as helping dog phobia sufferers, she also works at a special needs school and a centre for adults with learning difficulties.

Owner, Alexandra Hughes said: "Evie brings so much cheer and comfort to hundreds of people. Those she helps are behind her 100 per cent and are absolutely thrilled she's been nominated. Evie is a busy dog and to win this award would mean a lot to both of us."

With five other dogs in the running for the PAT Dog of the Year, Evie will be fighting for her spot as top dog. Alexandra says Evie has become a local celebrity since she was nominated:

"She has received invitations to meet the Bishop of Chichester, the Mayor and Mayoress of Chichester and the Chichester MP who have all wanted to congratulate her. She was so happy; her tail wouldn't stop wagging."

The winning dog will be announced on Friday. The dog and their owner will then receive a cheque for £500 and a three-month supply of HiLife goodies.

To find out more information about Pets As Therapy, call 01844 345 445.