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Peaches The Dog Hero

June 16, 2020

Meet Peaches, a tiny Chihuahua with a huge heart who has been crowned Coventry’s best lockdown dog.

The four-year-old canine has supported her owner Leanne Collins after her mum died of cancer in March.

Leanne, aged 35, from Coventry, said Peaches “hasn’t left her side” and has provided emotional support during a difficult time.

The mum-of-one has had the petite pooch since she was a puppy, and they’ve been best friends ever since.

Leanne said: “During lockdown I haven’t been able to see any of my family or friends for comfort after losing my mum.

“Peaches has looked after me throughout the whole of this time and hasn’t left my side.

“She can sense when I’m upset and will come and snuggle up to me, which has gotten me through this grieving process.”

The 35-year-old entered the CoventryLive competition to share how Peaches helped her through the sad time.

Hundreds of votes were cast for the top 20 dogs shortlisted, but little Peaches came head and shoulders above the rest.

Held in association with Butcher’s Nourishing Food For Dogs, the competition aimed to honour the nation’s unsung heroes for their lockdown support.

Peaches will now go forward to the national round for the chance to win a year’s supply of Butcher’s Nourishing Food For Dogs and Leanne could secure £1,500 towards a dog-friendly break with her hero.

Peaches has been described as ‘chief comforter’ and is full of character, with her own personality that makes Leanne laugh.

She added: “She does little tricks and rolls around on the floor – then looks at you like a human would.

“I wouldn’t have been able to get through this without her and feel so blessed to have her with me.

“They call a dog man’s best friend, and they really are. She is my best friend.

“Winning the competition would be absolutely amazing and make me so happy after losing my mum. Peaches has been a real life line though this awful time.”

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