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Bromsgrove pet heroes could be in for a Blue Cross medal

Updated: 10:46 am, May 07, 2015

OWNERS with tails of heroic pets are being urged to put their furry friends forward for the Blue Cross Medal.

The award celebrates amazing assistance or therapy animals in the services, military or simply everyday life-changing companions.

Anyone who knows of a truly remarkable pet who has done something incredible or even saved someone’s life now has until October 1 to submit a nomination.

Last year’s winner was medical detection dog Daisy, a labrador retriever, who has saved hundreds of lives, including her owner’s, by detecting cases of cancer.

Other outstanding entries also included a courageous cat who saved her owner’s life by waking her up when she was having a heart attack in her sleep and a dog whose companionship helped her young autistic owner gain confidence and cope with the social situations she found so difficult.

Neil Edwards, the Bromsgrove’s centre manager, said: “The Blue Cross has been caring for pets for over 100 years and we are still amazed every day by the heart-warming stories we hear about them.

“It’s lovely to be able to recognise these wonderful pets with our medal.”

Mandy Jones, who was one of the judges on last year’s Blue Cross Medal panel, said: “We had so many fantastic entries last year, if we could have given a medal to all of them, we would.

“If you know of a heroic or life-changing pet, let us know – they could be a medal winner.”

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Last year’s winner, medical detection dog Daisy. (s)