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Man's best friend helps owner through chemotherapy and wins a place at Crufts

A teenager from Sussex who focused her efforts on training her puppy while she was having cancer treatment has earned a place at Crufts.

Lauren Ashby from Horsham was just 13 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, but having her best friend, Percy, by her side throughout her treatment helped her recovery.

Now 3 years on, the pair are to take part in the world famous agility class at the prestigious dog show and are raising money for Charity along the way.

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There's a reason dogs are known as Man's best friends.

Percy the cockapoo was just a puppy when Lauren was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, but the little dog was a huge support to her during her most difficult days.

Percy the cockapoo has been a huge support during Lauren's treatment Credit: ITV Meridian

You don't expect someone to say it's cancer, so it was a bit shocking. But it was really nice to have him at home cos he was a big distraction, and it was really nice just to have him there.

– Lauren Ashby

During her treatment, Lauren ploughed what energy she had in to training Percy, something which Doctors say aided her recovery.

  • Lauren Ashby

Now Percy and Lauren have earned a place at Crufts in the world famous Agility class.

It's not the first time the pair have competed.

We came podium position last year in the Agility, so hopefully we'll go one up and maybe win this year.

– Lauren Ashby

The last few years have not been easy for Lauren, but the cancer and treatment have not held her back.

She achieved 7 A grades at GCSE and is now raising money for Cancer Research UK by aiming to walk 10, 000 steps a day.

It's not the first time the pair have competed
She achieved 7 A grades at GCSE whilst having cancer treatment

Lauren's Mum is in awe of what she's achieved.

  • Dominique Ashby