The Winner of Dogs That Demand Respect is....
April 02, 2015
Forget Blackpool and hot-pots, the county of Lancashire has a new claim to fame: a Ninja Dog named Billy. This week, we announced the winner of our PiCK UP! 2015 Ninja Dog Championships - an eight-year old Jack Russell terrier called Billy from Fleetwood, Lancashire.
PiCK UP!’s nationwide hunt to find a ninja dog to be apprentice to our much-loved Ninja Chihuahua mascot launched at the beginning of March. From the six candidates, Billy from Lancashire was declared the overall winner and the ultimate ‘Dog That Demands Respect’ after receiving the greatest number of public votes.
Billy’s favourite things include strawberry yoghurt and long-legged female dogs, but he won the public over by showcasing his impressive ninja skills including unloading the clothes dryer - view his winning entry here. Not only that, he is a fully qualified support dog and his talents extend to picking up keys, opening doors and even turning lights on and off to help his owner, Carol Willacy, who suffers from osteoarthritis and spinal damage.
Carol receives a £500 cash prize and a year’s supply of PiCK UP! biscuits - and she is generously choosing to donate her monetary prize to Support Dogs, a charity that helps train dogs to serve those in need.
Carol says “Billy has always been a very special dog, but to have been chosen by the British public as the dog that demands the most respect is a great honour and I’d like to thank them for voting. The money will go a long way for Support Dogs and help train dogs like Billy to transform other people’s lives.”
Border collie Beau from Kent was named runner-up, and Jake, an 11-year old German Shepherd, from Middlesex came in at third place.
To find out more about Support Dogs, please click here