A Morecambe dog who helped teach kids to read is on his way to the popular TV dog competition Crufts.
Loveable Droopy, a Basset Cavalier cross, will appear on Channel 4 as part of a national competition.
Droopy, a Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog, has been named one of the six finalists in the HiLife PAT Dog of the Year 2015/16.
The winner will be announced during a presentation ceremony at Crufts on Friday March 11 and laid back Droopy, is going all out to win the prestigious title.
Proud owner Julie Norris, said: “We are all very excited and proud of Droopy’s nomination. Droopy has a fantastic temperament and is very laid back.”
Droopy regularly visits Trumacar Primary School, at Heysham, and Unique Kidz, an after school and holiday club for disabled children.
Droopy has a fantastic temperament and is very laid backOwner Julie Norris
The pupils find it easier to read to Droopy than they do to teachers and parents.
Although Droopy is not letting fame go to his head, he still likes being taken care of too.
Julie said: “The day before we come to Crufts, Droopy is booked in for a pamper session at our local dog parlour to make him look and smell beautiful for his moment of fame. He has also been going to hydrotherapy to help him look his best at Crufts.”
Pets As Therapy (PAT) is an independently funded charity with more than 5,000 volunteers. Its registered PAT dogs provide animal assisted therapy and bring comfort, smiles and friendship to 1,000s of people every week.
Droopy, and the other five finalists, will proudly parade around the show arena as details of their achievements are announced to the audience.
The winner will then be revealed and presented with a cheque for £500 plus three months’ supply of HiLife dog food. Each of the runners-up will receive £100 and a months’ supply of HiLife dog food.
Julie added: “Droopy is now fairly well known in our area and wherever we go we are approached by strangers who have voted for Droopy in the HiLife PAT Dog of the Year competition asking how it is all going. It is not only me who is proud and happy for Droopy but the children he works with as well, and that is why PAT Dog is such an incredible charity.”