The owner of a Crufts winning dog says she's her "reason to be."
Lucy Watts from Benfleet in Essex was praising her cocker spaniel Molly who has become the winner of the Crufts Friends for Life 2014 award.
Speaking about their win at the NEC in Birmingham, Lucy said: “This is just fantastic. It is just wonderful what Molly has done for me. She has given me a purpose, a reason to live, a reason to keep fighting and a reason to carry on.”
A cocker spaniel has picked up a top prize at Crufts for helping her owner Lucy Watts from Benfleet in Essex.
Molly was announced as the winner of the Crufts Friends for Life 2014 competition.
Molly and Lucy, who's 20, were voted the most deserving winners out of five shortlisted finalists by the British public. Lucy has a life-limiting rare genetic illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, that has left her in a wheelchair.
Lucy said she was isolated, withdrawn and unhappy but Molly has given her independence again and taken the focus of strangers away from her condition
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