Lockdown Dog Heroes
June 22, 2020
Fletcher, an adorable eight year old whippet, was crowned the winner of our competition to find Plymouth’s Lockdown Dog Hero.
But now the “cheeky” dog has been entered into the national competition, and his family are encouraging Plymouth people to vote for him.
Fletcher lives with his owner Selina Clarke and her partner Rob Arnott, who have been shielding for the past 11 weeks and haven’t been able to go for walks.
Selina says: “Fletcher hasn’t just been our emotional rock he has helped with our mental wellbeing because we have had to get imaginative to keep him occupied as well.
“Thinking up brain games for him to keep him occupied has kept us occupied too.
“Find it’ games with food for him around the garden, different obstacles and scent games all learnt through lockdown to keep two humans and a dog amused.
“I can honestly say he is what has got us through 11 hard weeks so far, he is our hero.”
Selina nominated her four-legged friend as her lockdown hero after the dog-friendly trip the family had booked was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fletcher found his forever home with the couple eight years ago, after his mother and her litter were brought into a rescue centre.
Since then, their furry friend has brought joy to their life, as well as emotional support.
“There have been times when we have been anxious or worried and when we have been down. He has been the one to come over and lie next to us with his head in our laps and given us a cuddle. “Anyone who has a dog will know that they instinctively know when you are feeling down and they will come over and give you a little nudge. He is what has got us through lockdown I think.” There is a total of 22 Lockdown Heroes from across Britain in the national final and the competition is fur-ocious.
We have teamed up with Butcher’s Nourishing Food For Dogs to celebrate all the lockdown love our fluffy friends have given us.
The winner will receive a year’s supply of Butcher’s Nourishing Food for Dogs and £1500 towards a well-deserved dog-friendly holiday