An inspirational dog who helps terminally ill children and their families through their last moments together has been awarded the Blue Cross Medal for her heroism.
Bonnie, a Staffordshire bull terrier-whippet cross had a tough start to life but has worked tirelessly to help hundreds of vulnerable people in her local community in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
By the time the brindle rescue dog was adopted by Vicky Burn, she had already had at least seven homes.
The Blue Cross Medal honours pets that have done something brave, life changing partnerships, assistance animals or serving or working animals.
Before her retirement, Bonnie was also a regular visitor to her local care home.
The judging panel for this year’s Blue Cross medal included pet-loving actress Caroline Quentin. She said: “I truly believe that dogs are wonderful companions, not just during our lives but importantly at the end of a life too. They make such a difference for those facing death and for those left behind to deal with grief.”