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Community, Dog Show Organizers Make Terminally Ill Girl’s Dream Come True


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This weekend, 15 year-old Alice Pyne crossed an item off her bucket list when she showed her lab, Mabel, at a charity event created just for her. Alice’s Companion Dog Show was put together in less than a week by Simon and Cathy Broomfield, owners of Ulverston’s Verstone Boarding Kennels.

The Broomfields were inspired to organize the event after reading Alice’s bucket list on her now famous blog. Alice created the list after a long battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and near the top of that list was the desire to participate in a dog show.

Alice and her dog Mabel literally stole the show, putting their best feet forward and wowing judges in the first class up – Any Variety Puppy (up to 12 months old). The proud dog was in top form, showing beautifully and keeping perfect pace with Alice.

When Mabel took first in her category the crowd exploded, celebrating the perfect ending to an inspired event. Alice’s dream had come true.

Show attendee John Woodcock said: “All this is happening because of Alice’s incredible appeal to the world – she listed things she thought were just fantasies – but she also did it because she wanted to get the world on the bone marrow transplant register. What she has done in raising that awareness and encouraging people to do that is nothing short of incredible.”

All proceeds from the show will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Anthony Nolan and Cancer and Bio-detection Dogs.