Nationwide competition crowns the ‘Most Heroic’ and ‘Most Promising’ Assistance Dogs

Agria Pet Insurance – one of the world’s leading animal insurers – has announced the winners of its Pup to Old Aged Pup (OAP) competition.

The initiative, which celebrates dogs at all stages of their lives, sees the pet insurance specialist shine a light on the older dogs that have been instrumental in the lives of others. The nationwide competition also championed the superstar pup that is set to be the most promising graduate.

Brits have been casting their votes over the last seven days and the votes are now in with the winning dogs revealed as:

Magic, Medical Detection Dogs has been chosen by the public as the ‘Most Heroic’.

Magic (pictured above) has changed the life of his loving owner, Claire. He alerts her to oncoming episodes caused by her Type 1 diabetes that, before Magic entered her life, previously caused her to collapse.

Magic provides a 5–10-minute warning, so that Claire can take the necessary medication to avoid injury or hospitalisation. As well as physically saving her life, Magic has given Claire independence and confidence. Before Magic, she was frightened to leave the house and sleep due to her illness. Now Claire works, goes out with friends and enjoys her hobbies.

Milton Keynes-based Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease with the aim of developing faster, more efficient, and less invasive diagnostics that lead to better patient outcomes.

The ‘Most Promising Graduate’ has also been named as Dug (pictured below), Support Dogs.

One in four successful support dogs come from rescue centres or were unwanted pets, brought in and trained to transform the lives of people with disabilities. Dug’s previous owners found that they couldn’t cope with the demands of canine ownership when the Covid-19 lockdown lifted.

He then moved into full-time training at Support Dogs’ training centre in Brightside and is living with volunteer foster carers in Rotherham.

Sheffield-based Support Dogs is a charity that trains amazing dogs for people with autism, epilepsy, and physical disabilities. Last year alone, they provided over 600,000 hours of life-changing support to their clients.

All partner organisations that took part in the campaign will receive a donation of £1,000, while Medical Detection Dogs and Support Dogs, the winning charities, will each receive a donation of £2,500 from Agria.

To find out more about Agria’s charity support, please see www.agriapet.co.uk