Harry the blind story dog has been named Puppy Tales 2022 Australian Dog of the Year for inspiring and making an impact in the lives of people, the environment, and other dogs.

The winner, Harry, is a blind dog that works at a local primary school where he listens to readers to build their confidence. As Harry is blind, his owner Barbara Allen asks the children to read carefully so Harry can understand the story despite not seeing the pictures.

Kerry Martin, founder of website Puppy Tales, said reading the entries was moving, funny, and always endearing.

“We’re reminded once again of just how incredible our doggos are, and seen how ordinary Paw-stralians from across our nation have helped their people through difficult times and made a difference to others and the communities that they live in.”

People’s Choice winner, Poppi.

Winner of the People’s Choice Award was Poppi the guide dog. Poppi’s owner, Liz Stojan, lost her sight nine years ago and along with that the ability to do ordinary things such as crossing the road, cooking food, or getting to the shops, and then she met Poppi.

“Poppi is not only an amazing guide dog but a brilliant counsellor who has brought comfort and healing to many.”

Puppy Tales will donate $1,000 to the winner’s chosen registered charity and $100 to the People’s Choice recipient, with Harry selecting Story Dogs, and Poppi choosing Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.