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Last Updated: Thursday September 07 2006 15:13 GMT

Guide dog Tom wins 'hero' award

Tom and his owner Mike

A guide dog has won a special award for leading his owner to safety after the 7 July London bombings in 2005.

Tom, who is four years old, was in London with his owner Mike Townsend at around the time the bomb went off on a bus in Tavistock Square.

The black Labrador cross was awarded the Heroic Guide Dog of the Year award because he managed to lead Mike to away from the noise and panic.

Afterwards Mike said: "I feel I owe my life to Tom."

Tom was one of several guide dogs to win special awards at the Guide Dog of the Year ceremony on Thursday.

Another winning dog was Logan who lives with his 19-year-old owner Carl.

Talented dog

Logan helps Carl, who is blind and has some problems with movement, with day-to-day things.

His special talent is using his nose to guide Carl to CDs so he can easily find them and pick them up.



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