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Meanwhile, here’s a quick shout-out to the winners of Crufts’ newest activity,
Inter-Regional Rally.
Emerging triumphant from the seven regions were the Midlands team of
Helen Williams and Splash, Gloria Bonnell and Dylan, Sue Lang and Kete, Marie
Miller and Yogi, John Wykes and Rory, and Peta Braddock and Billy, with Karen
Graham and Poppy as reserves.
“A lot of hard work and many hours of extra training go into building a team
for an event such as Crufts, and 2019 was the Midlands’ year,” said manager Julia
Bodsworth, whose team were runners-up in 2018. “I am thrilled the team of 2019
achieved this — well done everyone!”

Winners of the popular Kennel Club Friends for Life competition were PC Dave
Wardell and his retired police dog, Finn.
“I can’t believe it,” said Dave, from Buntingford, Hertfordshire. “I feel so
emotional. Just by being here we had won already.”
Finn was badly injured when he was stabbed while saving Dave’s life in an
armed attack three years ago. The German Shepherd’s i ght for life led to the
launch of the Finn’s Law campaign, which is driving the Animal Welfare (Service
Animals) Bill — an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 — through
parliament. Seeking to make attacking a service animal a specii c criminal
of ence, the Bill is now in its i nal stages in the House of Lords.
“It has been a culmination of years of campaigning to get Finn’s story heard,”
added Dave, who received a cheque for £5,000, which he’s donated to German
Shepherd Rescue Elite.




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in Edinburgh, will reduce
the number of Border Collies
af ected by a painful disease
that causes blindness.
Thanks to funding from
Vets4Pets, breeders will now
be able to use the new test to
reduce the risk of producing

puppies af ected by glaucoma.
The condition, associated with
high pressure in the eye due to
a build-up of l uid, af ects more
than a thousand dogs across
the UK.

The Royal Veterinary College is
now the top veterinary school
in the world, according to
a prestigious league table. The
QS World University Rankings
2019 listed the RVC as number
one out of 401 institutions
of ering veterinary sciences.

reduce the risk of producing


A two-night midweek

dog-friendly break


here’s no better way to unwind
than by spending time with
your favourite four-legged friend in
stunning countryside.
And one lucky reader will win just
that — a two-night midweek break at
a magnii cent historic estate on the
Cheshire/Shropshire border.
Our winner will enjoy the ultimate
country escape in one of Combermere
Abbey’s award-winning luxury cottages.
Converted from the estate’s stables
into dog-friendly, self-catering
accommodation, the cottages sleep
between four and 10 people. This great
prize is for two adults, or two adults and
two children, plus one large dog
or two small dogs (all canine guests
must be over six months and fully
Nestling in 1,050 acres of wonderful woodland, farmland, and
lakes, the themed cottages boast historic features such as four
poster beds, mullion windows, and pointed turrets, yet of er the
height of comfort.
You and your dog can enjoy tranquil walks with of -lead runs
in the Pleasure Gardens and the Garden Wood, before relaxing
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charming local towns Whitchurch and Chester, while North Wales
is just a stone’s throw away.
Also included in this fantastic prize is a pooch pack — a sofa
cover, bowl, and treat.
● For more information about Combermere Abbey, visit http://www.

To be in with a chance of winning a dog-friendly two-night midweek
break at Combermere Abbey, click here to answer the question (above)
The closing date for online and postal entries is May 15, 2019 (UK only).
Please note we cannot guarantee our prize winner will be staying in the
cottage pictured.
For full competition terms and conditions, visit http://www.warnersgroup.


Where is
Abbey located?
A Cheshire/
Staf ordshire border.
B Staf ordshire/
Shropshire border.
C Cheshire/
Shropshire border.

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Stunning Combermere Cottages.

One of the cottage interiors;
all are decorated and
equipped to a high standard.


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