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Hampshire dog has The Pet Factor

Tuesday, 12th April 2011

A pooch from Hampshire has won a national competition run by the National Office of Animal Health which recognises pets with amazing stories of bravery, companionship and survival.

Sandy, a 13-year-old diabetic Collie-cross has won The Pet Factor after being reunited with her owner after two-and-a-half years.

The pooch was diagnosed with diabetes and, as the elderly owner also had to care for his sick wife, Sandy was re-homed as a result.

John Dickety described seeing Sandy again as being "as good as winning the lottery!".

Sandy was rehomed with dog trainer Kate Hurcombe, 34, who has helped Sandy battle with a number of diseases, including pneumonia, pancreatitis and mammary tumours.

Ms Hurcombe said: "It is just fantastic that Sandy has received the recognition she deserves and brilliant that she has been reunited with Mr Dickety today.

"It has been an emotional reunion and we are all so happy that Sandy has won Pet Factor 2011. We believe she is a very worthy winner!"

As well as winning The Pet Factor title, Sandy has also won her owner a three-night lodge stay at Devon’s five-star Bovey Castle for six people.