Rescue whippet William has won his owners heart and now hopes to win over the judges in this years K9focus Heroes Awards. Entries are already trotting in to the competition run in conjunction with dog rescue charity K9focus, with the chance to win an oil painting of your pet as first prize. Gina Ambridge from Landkey describes her whippet William as a flatpack dog too many legs, no instructions and a bit missing. He has a lovely smile and gives me a reason to get up in the morning, she told us. My husband passed away last year and life was bleak. Not any more. He takes everything in his stride. He is a clown, intelligent and working towards a Bronze Citizen Award). Never a dull moment and plenty of cuddles. I can honestly say he has saved my life. There is still plenty of time to enter your canine companion into one of four categories Rescue To Hero, Pawsome Company, Working Hero and Just Because. Alternatively, feel free to nominate a dog you know, whoever they belong to. Closing date for entries is April 15 and we can only accept entries from the North Devon area.* To enter, submit a picture of the dog you are nominating, what category you are entering them in, their story, plus your address and contract number, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to: K9focus Heroes, North Devon Gazette, Unit 3, Old Station Road, Barnstaple, EX32 8PB.