2013 - English Springer Spaniels in the News
|BUSTER FROM RAF WADDINGTON WINS AT CRUFTS
RAF dog Buster was the surprise star of Crufts tonight as Jennifer Saunders announced him and his owner Michael as the winners of the Friends For Life competition.
The heart-warming competition showcased five amazing hero dogs and called on the British public to vote for their favourite. Today (Sunday March 11th) Michael Barrow and his RAF dog Buster were announced as the overall winners and were presented with their award in the packed NEC Arena on the final day of Crufts.
The proud winners, from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire were presented with their trophy and a cheque from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust which Michael will be donating to his chosen charity, Hounds for Heroes.
Springer Spaniel, Buster is now retired after completing five tours of duty, braving bombs and bullets with the RAF. Buster has returned home a military hero and is now enjoying retirement at home with RAF Police Sergeant Michael Barrow who he worked with for several years.
While in service, Buster saved countless lives by sniffing out explosives, leading to the arrests of two suicide bombers in Afghanistan. He joined his comrades repeatedly on foot patrols through the poppy fields, hunting Taliban insurgents and tracking down booby trap bombs left behind for British and American troops.
Speaking about their win, Michael said: â€œItâ€TMs absolutely fantastic, I am so pleased, more for Buster as it's a culmination of a fantastic career. There is nothing like the bond we have - he has literally saved my life.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club spokesperson, said: â€œWe give our warmest congratulations to Michael and Buster and our thanks to Jennifer Saunders who kindly agreed to present the award to the truly deserving pair.
Friends for Life is a competition where we celebrate dogs that have truly earned the title of man's best friend through bravery, support or companionship. All the dogs nominated have shown unfailing loyalty and spirit in their constant desire to help, and are a great example of the incredible difference that dogs can make to our lives.
Crufts celebrates the diverse role that dogs play in society and their vast range of talents, jobs and hobbies. Each and every one of the finalists today has helped to change and save lives, and can teach us all a lesson about loyalty, companionship and bravery.
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