Guest of honour actor Roy Barraclough (right) presents the PAT Dog Dog of the Year award
to Mrs M Sim's Border Collie 'Daisy',
pictured with Tony Parkinson, Managing Director of sponsors HiLife petfoods.
Daisy, a Border Collie owned by Mary Sims, 39, of Baldrine, Isle of Man, has been declared ‘PAT Dog of the Year 2005’ by the charity Pets As Therapy (PAT).
Three-year old Daisy was presented with her award at a special ceremony in Buxton, Derbyshire on 6 November by former Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough and Tony Parkinson, Managing Director of the Awards sponsor, HiLife pet foods.
Daisy was nominated by Jill Chinn, activities organiser at Springfield Grange Nursing Home in Douglas, Isle of Man, where Daisy is a regular visitor. Jill said: "Everyone looks forward to Daisy and Mary’s visits. Daisy is loved by the residents and she does a great deal to enrich their lives."
Mary added: "Daisy is an absolute star. She has been a PAT dog for two years. She is so gentle and loves being with people. I couldn’t wish for a better pet. At Springfield Grange they even have posters up with pictures of her, and the residents so look forward to her visits. To be first in the country from our small group of PAT dogs on the Isle of Man makes me very proud."
Daisy’s award includes a specially engraved crystal glass bowl by Birkdale Crystal, a commemorative certificate, £500 and six months’ supply of HiLife dog food.
Five runner-up PAT dogs have each won £100, an engraved piece of Birkdale crystal, a commemorative certificate and one month’s supply of HiLife dog food.
Voting was carried out by readers of Take A Break magazine. Nominations were received from establishments all over the country that are visited by PAT dogs, stating why they believed their nominated dog was worthy of the accolade PAT Dog of the Year 2005.
Tony Parkinson of HiLife said: "The selfless work of PAT dogs and their owners and the pleasure and therapeutic benefits they bring to so many people throughout the year can never be over-estimated. We are proud to support Pets As Therapy and to sponsor these Awards which honour every one of the thousands of wonderful volunteers and their very special dogs."
Pets As Therapy
Each week almost 3,500 volunteers and their PAT dogs bring therapeutic care to over 100,000 people of all ages throughout the UK. They give their time freely to visit patients and residents in hospitals, care and nursing homes, hospices, special needs schools and similar establishments. To qualify, the dogs and their owners have to pass a rigorous temperament assessment.
Pets As Therapy is a charity that receives no government aid and relies entirely on voluntary contributions. If you would like to contribute or provide other support, or wish to find out how your dog could qualify to become a PAT dog, contact Pets As Therapy on 0870 240 1239 or visit www.petsastherapy.org.
Judge Valerie Foss writes:
‘These were two very worthy winners, the culmination for me of a lovely day spent with the Pets As Therapy winners & team & their guests.
‘This was a beautifully planned event, held in the historic Palace Hotel, Buxton.
‘My role was small but difficult, trying to choose the Show Pets As Therapy winner from the qualifying rounds.
‘There were so many worthy challengers, however my two supreme winners did me proud.
‘Thank you for a lovely day spent amongst such super dogs.’