Is your pet a hero?

Finn in Terrain Vehicle on Pendle Hill (S)
Finn in Terrain Vehicle on Pendle Hill (S)

Is your pet one of the North West’s most heroic hounds or courageous cats?

Pet product expert PetSafe® is looking for an extra special dog or cat to take the title of the UK’s PetSafe® Pet Hero 2015.

Finn and handler Stephen, with former Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson. (S)

Finn and handler Stephen, with former Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson. (S)

The national winner will receive a year’s worth of pet toys, as well as a pet-friendly holiday worth £500, courtesy of Sykes Cottages. There will also be a £250 goody bag up for grabs for the regional winner.

Celebrating pet heroes from all walks of life – from animals in the services, therapy and assistance pets, or a much-loved pet who has brought joy in to your life – there’s no hero deed too big or small to qualify for the PetSafe® Pet Hero title.

To start the search, PetSafe® has found inspirational search and rescue dog Finn, trained by Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, a registered charity manned by volunteers who provide rescue services for lost walkers, fell runners, mountain bikers, missing children and dementia sufferers.

Steve Garofalo, RPMRT dog trainer, explains why Finn is a hero. He said: “Finn is a huge asset during searches as he can cover large areas quickly and has helped with numerous call outs.

Finn is a huge asset during searches as he can cover large areas quickly and has helped with numerous call outs

Steve Garofalo, RPMRT dog trainer

“He has been trained in a special technique called ‘Air Scenting’ – picking up and reacting to human scents being blown towards him in the wind, even when it’s dark!”

And Steve added: “Finn and I share a very strong bond – he is a talented, hard-working dog – but what he enjoys doing best is following me on a mountain bike, chasing squirrels and jumping on bank voles in the grass!”

If you think your pet deserves the chance to win the PetSafe® Pet Hero 2015 title, send them your pet’s name, along with a photo and brief explanation about what makes him/her a hero.

The deadline for North West entries is September 15th, and the national final announcement is being held on December 3rd.

Post your entry to PetSafe® Pet Hero, Hattrick PR, 6a Framingham Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 3SH or call 0161 660 0993.