Two Thame assistance dogs who helped their owners find love when they had hit rock bottom have been nominated for a prestigious Crufts award.
Max and Ziggy have helped turn the lives of Sue and Byron Harvey around and are now among five finalists in the Friends for Life competition.
Mr and Mrs Harvey are both in wheelchairs and before marrying had assistance dogs, but were left heartbroken by different events. Mrs Harvey lost her dog Inka and Mr Harvey’s childhood sweetheart Gill died.
They came together because of the link between their two original assistance dogs, who were sisters, and met through Oxfordshire charity Dogs for the Disabled.
Their friendship blossomed into love and then marriage in 2008. Now they and their current dogs, Max and Ziggy, show a love and care for one another that can scarcely be matched.
Mrs Harvey said: “We couldn’t live without them. I’m never stuck in a coat or my boots because they’re always there to help.”
Mr Harvey said: “We share the knowledge of how life changing these dogs are, giving us independence and a second chance at life. We are now such a close knit family.”
The winner, to be announced at Birmingham’s NEC on March 10, will receive £1,500 to give to their chosen charity. To vote for Max and Ziggy call 0844 646 0202.