Assistance dog Quintus and his human partner Rosie have won third place in the Assistance Dog Charity category in The Kennel Club’s Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.
The photo of the pair will be displayed in The Kennel Club’s Art Gallery as part of the 2019 Winners Exhibition.
Rosie entered the competition to raise awareness of Canine Partners, the charity which transformed her life by partnering her with canine partner Quintus in November 2014.
“I believe Quintus really deserves this as he is one in a million and is always looking for ways to help,” says Rosie, a 57-year-old from Oxford, Oxfordshire.
“Quintus came bounding into my life four years ago and absolutely transformed it – where I was stuck before I had an assistance dog, Quintus will now help me and is happy to do so.”
Rosie has a variety of conditions that mean she is a full-time wheelchair user, including a spinal injury and ME.
“With Quintus I am back out and about again and together we can do the seemingly impossible,” says Rosie.
“He’s absolutely fabulous and does exactly what it says on his jacket – he is an amazing dog who is transforming my life.”
Canine Partners is a national charity based in Midhurst, that trains assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities, boosting their confidence and independence.
The dogs are taught a range of everyday tasks including picking up and fetching items, opening doors and helping to undress a person. They can even help to load and unload a washing machine and they can fetch help in an emergency.
“Quintus is my best friend and we have such a strong bond – together we are one,” says Rosie.
“People need to know about Canine Partners and the life-transforming work they do.”
To find out more about Canine Partners, please visit: caninepartners.org.uk
Photo above by Melissa Bastin @ Polo Images.