Let the countdown commence!

HiLife PAT Dog of the Year 2014/15

It’s looming ever closer and the excitement is starting to mount among our canine finalists and staff here at Town and Country Petfoods. Six special dogs and their caring owners will take to the parade ring at Crufts on Friday, 6th March, where the 2015 HiLife PAT Dog of the Year will be announced.

We’re the proud sponsors of the competition to find the brightest star among the shining lights at one of the country’s kindest pet charities again this year. Pets As Therapy (PAT) is an independently-funded charity with over 5,000 volunteers. Their registered PAT dogs visit hospitals, care homes, schools and even prisons to provide animal assisted therapy, bringing comfort, smiles and friendship to 1000s of people every week.

This year’s finalists are:



Islay – a Miniature Schnauzer and her proud owner Gill Shillaker, who regularly visit their local Hospice, Dove House in Hull. They see patients in the Day Unit and Bedded Unit, providing comfort and a lot of happiness. Islay is always calm and brings smiles to lots of faces.

Marnee – a Golden Retriever from East Sussex and her owner Noel Austin have great experience of helping others, working within stroke rehabilitation, bringing comfort to a dog phobic girl, helping those with mental and physical disabilities, people with hospital phobia, autistic children and severe dementia sufferers. She just loves to help out where she can.

Chief – is a Border Collie and a regular visitor to Eccleston Mere Primary School in St Helens and St James Primary School in Haydock, Merseyside, with his owner Christine Hughes. He brings a lot of pleasure to the many children who look forward to his visits. He’s a calming influence and comforts the little ones when they’re upset.

Lily – a Tibetan Spaniel, regularly visits a variety of places on a regular basis with her owner Sylvia Andrews. They include Carers Choice in Whitehouse, Benfleet, a day centre for young adults with mental and physical disabilities, and Peaceful Place in St Luke’s Place, Rochford, which helps people suffering from the onset of young dementia, and Southend Hospital.

Kahlea – is a gentle Samoyed that regularly visits four care homes; Norton lodge in Runcorn; Three Elms Penketh near Warrington and the Newton Hall and Hillcrest Home in Frodsham, where the residents absolutely adore her. Her owner Margaret Wilding says Kahlea has a great rapport with everyone and has even managed to get some residents who do not normally speak, quite animated.

Gunner – is an Alsatian who visits the Ashling Lodge and Heatherwood care homes in Kent with his caring owner Lois Hyett, brightening the days of different people each time they visit. Gunner likes to do a little trick while waiting for a treat, before sitting quietly while Lois chats to residents. They also visit Tidebrook Residential Unit and Bromley Healthcare Rehabilitation Unit.

We can’t wait to see the finalists proudly parade around the show arena as details of their achievements are announced to the audience. The winner will then be revealed and will receive £500 plus three months’ supply of our HiLife dog food.

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