Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Dogs Trust Honours: Nominations open with new video category!

At Dogs Trust we’re constantly hearing wonderful stories of how dogs have enriched people’s day to day lives. This can be through a “paws on” approach with acts of bravery; by being a comfort to the sick or the lonely; or by supporting those with special needs. Of course, there is also the role of loyal companion that they play to the millions of dog-owning British households. All are equally worthy of being honoured.

The Dogs Trust Honours 2009 is a unique opportunity to celebrate these wonderful stories. Bringing together all the positive aspects of dog ownership and giving special recognition to those dogs who have gone the extra mile for their human companions.

Over the next few months, we would like you to nominate those dogs who you feel deserve a Dogs Trust Honour. There are five categories - including one designed for those visually creative people who like to spend their time online! - for which you can nominate a dog and all entrants will be included in our Roll of Honour.

Dogs Trust Rex Factor Award - A uniquely talented pooch chosen from a video clip submitted by you (40 seconds or less, hosted on a sharing site such YouTube, with the embed code sent to us on the nomination form. Videos involving dangerous stunts or dressed up dogs will not be accepted).

The Sun Hero Dog Award - For working dogs who contribute to community life.

Dogs Trust Dogged Devotion Award - For dogs who, without special training, help provide better quality of life for owners going through hard times.

Dogs Trust Dog's Best Friend Award - For a special human who's gone the extra mile for dogs.

Dogs Trust Golden Oldie Award - A lifetime achievement award for dogs aged 7+.

The winners will be chosen by a panel of distinguished judges and presented with their awards by an array of celebrities at the ceremony on 19th May 2009 at London’s prestigious Hurlingham Club. An overall winner – to be chosen through a vote on the night from the five category winners - will receive the ‘Dogs Trust Top Dog Award 2009’.

So come on Britain - you have until midnight on 15th April to nominate your outstanding hounds for the Dogs Trust Honours 2009!

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