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Guide dog of the year 2007
Chris with a future guide dog
Chris with a future guide dog
We've launched a special 'top dog' BBC Breakfast Guide Dog of the Year Award, to recognise the amazing work of guide dogs.

Around 4,700 dogs in the UK provide their blind and partially-sighted owners with greater freedom, confidence and independence.

Breakfast has joined forces with Guide Dogs for the Blind, and we want your help.

We want you to make nominations for Guide Dog of the Year 2007.

  • Please note: nominations have now closed - we'll have more information about the winners in the coming months
  • You can nominate any guide dog you know, and there are three categories to nominate your chosen dog for:

    How to make your nominations

    There are three categories:

  • Life-changing - for guide dogs that have truly transformed their owner's life
  • Heroic - for guide dogs that have either overcome adversity or performed a heroic act
  • Exceptional Work - for guide dogs that have gone 'above and beyond the call of duty'
  • Guide Dog of the Year 2007
    Make your nomination

    To make your nominations, follow the link underneath the picture to the right, or follow the link on the far right of the page.

    This will take you to a special area on the Guide Dogs website to make your nomination.

    Please do not e-mail or contact Breakfast, we cannot accept your nomination as all the data is being gathered by Guide Dogs.

    What happens next?

    A panel of judges will select three finalists from each category. Here on Breakfast, we'll make a short film about each one.

    Then we'll need your votes again - as Breakfast viewers will then decide which of the three category winners is voted overall Guide Dog of the Year.

    Blue Peter - and Magic!

    Last year, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of guide dogs in the UK, Guide Dogs and Blue Peter rekindled their famous relationship.

    Presenter Andy Akinowlere became the latest of the programme's hosts to help train a guide dog puppy - Magic. Magic, is the fifth guide dog puppy a Blue Peter presenter has helped to train.

    She's a Golden Retriever and doing very well in her training with Andy. She'll hopefully graduate from puppy walking around September/October 2007 and go onto qualify as a guide dog around Spring 2008.

    You can read Andy's blog by clicking on the link below.



    VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
    Part 1: Chris explains how the awards will work


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