Published On: Wed, Oct 8th, 2014 on 12:38 pm

Huddersfield woman Christie Hanson named UK’s Most Dedicated Pet Owner

Most Dedicated Pet Owner Christie

Christie Hanson with Roxie and Copper

A pet owner from Yorkshire has been named as the UK’s Most Dedicated Pet Owner.

Christie Hanson, 25, from Huddersfield was crowned in a nationwide competition held by Frontline Spot On after judges felt her story stood out from the others.

Adopting 7-year-old cross breed Copper, then 6-year-old Roxie a few months later as a companion for her, they soon became the best of friends.

However their joy was short-lived as in April 2014, Roxie was diagnosed with Lymphoma, which is one of the most common types of cancers in dogs.

Every week, Christie drove Roxie to have chemotherapy and held her paw while she endured blood tests. At home, Copper would wait patiently for her best friend to return.

When Christie found out Roxie’s treatment wasn’t working, she was referred to a specialist Vet in Liverpool and together they would undertake a 150-mile round trip every week to ensure Roxie had the best possible chance of survival.

Christie spent her wages on pet insurance and premium pet food for both her dogs to ensure they received the best nutrition possible, and would hide Roxie’s steroid tablets and vitamins in chicken meals.

In September however, Roxie lost her battle.

Copper became depressed, and Christie now sets up play dates so Copper isn’t ever alone.

Commenting on her award, Christie said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the competition and been crowned The UK’s Most Dedicated Pet Owner. To many people, pets are a huge part of the family and for us, Roxie & Copper are no different.

“Roxie was a real fighter and I’m so proud of Copper’s devotedness to her best friend, I’ve learnt cherish every moment with my dogs and will ensure Copper is doted on.”

Christie has won a trophy, a pet hamper, and a pet-friendly vacation for the whole family.

She was closely followed by a selection of runner-ups including Clair Missen who raises money for animals.

She shares her life with nine cats, a dog, four rabbits, 29 guinea pigs and a horse.

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  1. Samantha Lee says:

    Very cute! If only all pet owners would treat their pets like they ought.

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