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Kaylee and Fenton (right) promoting CPR.

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.

The competition is in aid of Cancer Research UK and it costs £3 per vote, with the proceeds going to the charity.

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.