PEOPLE in Shetland are being asked to show their support for a local canine who is in the running for Britain’s Next Top Dog competition.
Kaylee Garrick’s Shetland sheepdog Fenton is one of six dogs up in the national competition.
She is in the running after winning the working dog category.
People can vote more than once, and the competition closes on Sunday (27 June).
The individual categories were judged by a panel of famous faces, which included celebrities ranging from Stephen Fry and Graham Norton to Clare Balding and Gabby Logan.
Garrick, who is well known for taking photos of her crew of pooches, said Fenton is the “most incredible little dog I’ve ever been blessed to know”.
Fenton has been a cornerstone of the paramedic’s many dog-related projects, including a campaign to help people learn CPR and popular charity calendar.
“She inspires me every day to get out, create, see the world and learn more about it,” Garrick said.
“In the almost ten years she’s been by my side, she has encouraged people from all over the world to see and visit Shetland, taught them – and the locals – about our heritage and brought smiles to many who have needed it.
“Recently, we started ‘Don’t PAWS, Start CPR’ which has taught thousands a life saving skill, earning us an award from the ambulance service in 2019.
“And during the pandemic, she continued that vital service of helping to protect people by providing information about the virus and how it effects the body in our often funny but informative videos.”
Garrick said dogs are “incredible souls” and added that she would “not be the person I am today if not for her”.
“We’ve helped to raise tens of thousands for charity over the years through various things – the most successful being the calendar,” she said.
“It’s an honour to be part of this brilliant campaign to raise money for Cancer Research – nothing would bring me more joy than to see this disease rid of for good.
“I would love to see Fenton win the title as she so deserves it for all she’s done over the years – but no matter what, the fact that people are donating each time they vote for her to a charity close to our hearts makes her a winner in my eyes regardless.”
People can vote for Fenton here.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 540 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News