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SEATON: Jessie’s story takes her to Crufts

Thursday, 27 February 2014

A RESCUE dog living in Beer has made it to the final of the Friends for Life competition at Crufts 2014 after bringing her owner back from the brink of despair.
Great Dane Mastiff cross Jessie was found with cigarette burns on her ears and legs.
Her nose had been slashed and it is believed she had lived all her life in a locked shed.
The pooch was taken in by Beer resident Julie Barrett, 33, who was in a deep and dark depression after losing her father and being diagnosed with ME – a form of chronic fatigue.
The pair formed an immediate bond and helped nurse each other back to health and Julie admits she is thankful every day for Jessie coming into her life.
“Before Jesse came along I just sat in my bed on my own and didn’t really move all day, I never left the house,” Julie said.
“I lost my dad and I was feeling lonely and I’d started to sink back down into a deep dark depression and then she came along.
“She had also had a really rough time and we helped each other, we have given each other a new zest for life.
“Her owner went to prison and when they managed to get her out she was just skin and bones and was close to death.
“I felt a bond to her because she was in a bad way too. I tried not to fall in love with her at first but it was impossible.”
The Friends for Life competition celebrates the heart-warming stories of friendship in adversity, where dogs have truly earned the title of man’s best friend, through bravery, support or companionship.
The Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, named Jessie as one of their five finalists for the Friends for Life competition and the public can vote for the Great Dane Mastiff cross to win by calling 0844 646 0205.
The winner will be announced on Sunday, March 9th alongside thousands of dogs in the main arena at Birmingham’s NEC.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club spokesperson, said: “Jessie and Julie have a truly inspirational story and such a close partnership and they have done so well to reach the final of the Crufts Friends for Life competition.
“The dogs that enter this competition remind us just how important dogs are to our lives and what a difference they make to us, both in our best times and when things are tough.”

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