Penny up for a Paw Hero award

Bray People - - NEWS -

A COUNTY Wick­low pooch called Penny has been nom­i­nated for this year’s Ir­ish Ken­nel Club’s Golden Paw Hero Dog Awards.

Penny - a Mal­tese-Poo­dle cross - was nom­i­nated for the pres­ti­gious award by her owner, Gabriella Can­non from Ark­low.

The Golden Paw Dog Hero Awards recog­nise ex­cep­tional acts of ca­nine hero­ism or help that take place across the coun­try, as well as dogs that have changed their owner’s lives for the bet­ter.

Gabriella de­cided to nom­i­nate Penny (who she has owned since Septem­ber of last year) an ac­count of the great com­fort she pro­vided af­ter her mother passed away from pan­cre­atic cancer in Novem­ber. Gabriella ini­tially bought Penny for her mum as a means to help her deal with her ill­ness, but af­ter her pass­ing took Penny in, and found her to be a lov­ing com­pan­ion an a great source of com­fort through a very dif­fi­cult time.

The Golden Paw Awards are bro­ken into five cat­e­gories: ex­em­plary com­pan­ion/ lifechang­ing dog, ther­apy/guide dog, brav­ery dog, search and res­cue dog and law en­force­ment. Five con­tenders will be selected - one from each cat­e­gory - be­fore the over­all win­ner is an­nounced later this year.

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