Vote Elyana and hearing dog Gordon for the Crufts 'Child’s Champion' award!

Posted by Matt Sadler

12-year-old Elyana and her hearing dog Gordon are finalists in the Child’s Champion category of the Kennel Club Hero Dog Award 2024!

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The annual awards ceremony takes place at Crufts at the NEC Birmingham and celebrates “the unique relationship people have with their dogs, the important role man’s best friend plays throughout their lives and the support they give us in the face of adversity.”

Before Elyana was partnered with Gordon (also known as ‘the BFG – Big Friendly Gordon’) she was living with intense anxiety.

At her lowest points, this led to her tearing her hair out in clumps and vomiting. She also faced challenges around bullying and making friends whilst she was adapting to her cochlear implants.

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The arrival of Gordon transformed her life, her confidence, and her self-belief. Elyana’s mum, Silvie, shared, “Their bond is so strong and her confidence has grown so much when she is out and about with Gordon, she’s like a different child.”

You can vote as many times as you'd like between now and 4pm on Sunday 10th March 2024, and the winners will be announced on the final day of Crufts.

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust also give generous donations to the winner and the runners up to donate to their nominated canine charity.

Gordon’s achievement is not only a wonderful recognition of his impact on Elyana’s life, but also a credit to his entire training team. 

Good luck BFG, we’re so proud!

Please vote for Elyana and hearing dog Gordon for the 'Child's Champion' Award below!

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