Dogs for Good and Andrew Cotter launch #winningfromhome competition

Charity Dogs for Good has teamed up with Andrew Cotter – renowned BBC sports commentator and dog owner to gorgeous lockdown Labs Olive and Mabel – to run a competition entitled #winningfromhome.

Entrants are asked to post a video no more than 60-seconds long, on Twitter, of their own companion dog doing what they do best using the hashtag #winningfromhome. The winning video will then be commentated on by Andrew.

Olive and Mabel have taken lockdown by storm accompanied by Andrew’s sublimely funny commentary for ‘The Dog’s Breakfast’, ‘Game of Bones’ and most recently, ‘The Walk of Shame’ videos. The videos have made the nation smile, clocked up 30 million views on Twitter and have also demonstrated the skill required to turn something as routine as two dogs eating their breakfast into something riveting.

Dogs for Good is a charity that creates life-changing differences for people living with a wide range of disabilities and conditions including autism, physical disabilities, dementia and learning disabilities through the help of a specially trained dog. The charity’s assistance dogs and community dogs enable people to live more independently. The charity relies upon public donations to continue its work.

“We’re hugely grateful for Andrew for his help with this,” says Dogs for Good Chief Executive, Peter Gorbing. “Andrew’s films have made us all smile, but what’s also clear is just how much dogs mean to so many of us at this time.

“We know our dogs change lives, offering practical support to help with tasks and activities that many people find difficult, as well as restoring confidence and enabling independence once again. We’re hoping that the competition will spread a bit of happiness during lockdown while raising some much-needed funds and awareness of Dogs for Good during this difficult time. As with all charities, many of our fundraising events and activities have had to be postponed for this year, so we’d be very

grateful for a small donation with every competition entry. Our work remains as vital as ever and every donation will help us to continue our work to support people.”

Entries can be as clever or mundane as people want – a dog happily snoozing on the sofa, chasing its tail or bounding over a toilet roll jump is just as worthy as a dog acing a home-made agility course.

“I was made aware of Dogs for Good by my friend and professional golfer, Eddie Pepperall and also Sky Sports presenter, Sarah Stirk – who is already an ambassador to the charity,” says Andrew. “The work Dogs for Good undertakes is life-changing, powerful and something I’m really happy to support.

“I’m also hoping they’ll be able to give me a few training tips for Olive and Mabel… although that ship may have already sailed,” he adds.

The competition runs from Friday 8th May and closes on Sunday 17th May. Entry is free but as a charity, Dogs for Good would greatly appreciate a voluntary donation of £2.00. All donations will be used to support Dogs for Good’s life-changing work.

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