Time is nearly up to get your nominations in for the Puppy Tales 2023 Australian Dog of the Year, with a deadline of 13 January 2023.

The competition is designed to celebrate the faithful four-legged friends who have brought joy to our lives during a tough couple of years.

Kerry Martin, Founder of Puppy Tales, said our pets are as wonderfully diverse as our nation and have also made an incredible impact in the lives of people, the environment, or other animals.

“We want to recognise pooches from across Australia for services they provide in communities, to humans and their unyielding devotion in the face of sadness, tough times and the occasional vacuum cleaner.”

The winner of the 2023 Australian Dog of the Year will receive a $250 Pet Circle gift card, a $1000 photography experience with Puppy Tales Photography, plus a $1000 donation to the registered charity of the winners choice.

“The Australian Dog of the Year Award pays it forward with a generous donation from Puppy Tales to the winner’s preferred charity and recognises the work they do for communities across the country, particularly in these challenging times.”

In total there is a prize pool valued at over $5000, including a People’s Choice Award and gift cards for 10 nominees.

Dogs encouraged to enter include, but are not limited to:

  • Guide dogs or hearing dogs
  • Therapy dogs visiting ill people in hospitals
  • Dogs who have helped someone with disabilities or health challenges
  • Dogs in reading programs or assistance at schools
  • Dogs involved in wildlife detection or protection
  • Dogs who have located, rescued, or saved people, or other pets
  • Police and combat dogs
  • Other working dogs
  • Dogs that are blood donors
  • A best friend who has gotten you through a tough time

To nominate a dog, visit the nomination page before 13 January.

Winners will be announced via Puppy Tales’ Facebook page on 26 January 2023.

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