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PAT Dog of the Year 2007
Bryn takes on the pedigrees to win!

PAT dog Bryn, a crossbreed owned by Mrs Sue Yates from the Wirral, Merseyside, has been voted Pets As Therapy’s ‘PAT Dog of the Year 2007’.

*The winning line up at the Pets As Therapy Dog ‘Show Dog
of the Year’ competition held last weekend in Buxton, l to r, Mr Tony Parkinson of HiLife Foods who sponsored the event, the winner Mrs Ruth Gibson’s St Bernard Poolsway Yogi Bear and judge Mr Keith Nathan. Despite the snowy conditions in the High Peak there was a warm welcome at the event for all the competitors in the ‘PAT Dog of the Year’ event

Photo by William Moores

The announcement came last weekend at the Palace Hotel, Buxton after a celebrity panel and the readers of Yours magazine voted for an overall winner.

For several years Bryn and Sue were regular PAT visitors to a local nursing home until its closure. Then two years ago, when a request came in from the Centre for Oncology at Clatterbridge Hospital in the Wirral for a registered PAT dog to work with patients there, Bryn was seen as the perfect choice. Within a short time the Wirral was buzzing about the beautiful black PAT dog making such a difference to patients’ lives in the Centre. Such has been the demand that Bryn now visits twice a week.

PAT Dog runner up Bearded Collie ‘Riley’ with Carol Williams

The Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology is one of the largest cancer treatment centres in the UK. Bryn received many nominations from its staff and patients, one of which said: “Bryn’s work is invaluable to the Department . . . I believe he has saved many lives by giving patients back that bit of normality they have been forced to leave behind while undergoing very frightening treatments.”

PAT Dog runner up Border Collie ‘Moss’ with Trish Weatherley

Alison Bell, the Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Centre said: “Bryn’s unique personality, always sympathetic yet calm and unflappable, brings outstanding support and understanding to people who are in distress.

PAT Dog of the Year 2007 ‘Bryn’ with his owner Sue Yates (left) from the Wirral pictured with Tony Parkinson, Managing Director of Hi Life Foods which sponsor the competition and Valery McConnell editor of ‘Yours’ magazine PAT Dogs media partner for 2007

Bryn not only helps the patients; he is a great help to their families too. In a further nomination the daughter of a patient undergoing treatment said: “I was often close to tears after I had to leave the room while my mother way being treated. Bryn and Sue were just outside the treatment area on a number of occasions as I came out. To be able to bury my head in Bryn’s soft fur and give him a cuddle helped me through those terrible times. Bryn was there at just the right moments to work some of his Pets As Therapy magic for which I will be eternally grateful.”

Runner up in the Pets As Therapy Dog ‘Show Dog of the Year’ competition was Sue Ergis’ Miniature smooth Haired Dachshund Siouxline Isaac pictured here with Mr Tony Parkinson of Hi Life Foods who sponsored the event and judge Mr Keith Nathan

Bryn was voted ‘PAT Dog of the Year 2007’ by a celebrity panel, including actors Roy Barraclough MBE, Pam St Clement, Pauline Fleming, Roy Hudd and Lisa Riley, television chef James Martin and the editor of Yours magazine, Valery McConnell, together with Yours readers.

PAT Dogs chairman Mr Brian Howard MBE made a special award at the event to Eileen Slattery of the Wirral Branch for all the hard work and effort she has put into her branch activities in the last year

Bryn was presented with his award by Valery McConnell and Tony Parkinson, Managing Director of HiLife Pet Foods, the Pets As Therapy sponsors, at a special ceremony in Buxton, Derbyshire. He received £500 and three months’ supply of HiLife dog food and a piece of engraved crystal by Birkdale Crystal.

PAT Dog runner up labrador ‘Hoyt’ with Sharon Betts

Tony Parkinson said: “It is a privilege for HiLife to be long term sponsors of Pets As Therapy and to be able to play a part in supporting the excellent and invaluable work done day in, day out by its volunteers and their dogs.”

Five runners-up, who each received prizes of £100, a month’s supply of HiLife dog good and a piece of crystal by Birkdale Crystal, were Bearded Collie Riley, owned by Carol Laura Williams from Oldham, Lancashire; Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Holly, owned by Susan Perks from Leicester; Labrador Hoyt, owned by Sharon and Richard Betts from Malvern, Worcestershire; Border Terrier Beanie, owned by Monica Dixon from Alton, Hampshire and Border Collie Moss, owned by Patricia Weatherley from Hextable, Kent.

PAT Dog runner up Border Terrier ‘Beanie’ with Monica Dixon

Nominations came from medical staff, carers, patients and residents of hospitals, hospices, residential homes, special needs schools and other similar establishments throughout the country.

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But that wasn’t enough for the eager beavers who had qualified in the PAT Dogs Stakes classes at championship shows up and down the country over the last year!

After an excellent lunch Maureen Hennis introduced the judge of the final Mr Keith Nathan who not only judges 24 breeds at CC level but also three groups and best in show. He will also be the utility group judge at Crufts next year.

PAT Dog runner up Cavalier KC Spaniel ‘Holly’ with Susan Perks

A total of fourteen out of the fifteen finalists competed and Mr Nathan’s final line up included the Miniature SH Dachshund Ergis’s Siouxline Isaac, Terveuren Such’s Ir Ch Norlyght Z’ha’dum, Greyhound Barlett’s Mistweave Making Music for Ransley, Pyrenean MD Kenyon’s Charibere Solar Spirit and the St Bernard Gibson’s Poolsway Yogi Bear.

After moving the final five once more the judges finger pointed to the handsome St. Bernard ‘Yogi’ with the runner up the smart Miniature SH Dachshund ‘Breeze’. It was a case of Large and Little!
As if to emphasise the winning breed the first snows of winter drifted down in the late afternoon gloom.

The packed ballroom at the Palace Hotel, Buxton where Keith Nathan judged the Pet As Therapy Show Dog of the Year final

It had been another successful day for the PAT Dogs charity which now looks forward to its Silver Jubilee year and some special celebrations in 2008.