Care home dog makes finals for Crufts hero award

Ellie May is a finalist in the Eukanuba Friends for Life competition Credit: The Kennel Club

A caring pooch from Powys is up for a special Crufts award.

Ellie May, a nine-year-old Lhaso Apso, has made it into the finals for the prestigious Eukanuba Friends for Life competition.

She's been recognised for transforming the lives of the residents in the Oaklands care home in Crickhowell.

Ellie May's lived at the care home since she was a puppy, and brings happiness and comfort to the residents.

Julie Cashell, 38, who manages the home and owns Ellie May says that many of the people in the home can get confused and scared but they transform in Ellie May's company as she is able to give them love and reassurance.

Ellie May is one of just four dogs who have made it to the final of the Eukanuba Friends for Life competition at Crufts, which celebrates the close bond between man and dog.

The winner will be chosen by public vote and announced on Sunday 8th March at Crufts.

The winner of the competition will receive £1,500 and the other finalists will receive £750 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for their chosen charities.