North Devon k9focus Heroes Awards Pawsome Company winner

Gentle giant Wolfie has helped Cris Shelley from Ilfracombe during a period of deep personal tragedy.

Cris, who has had the handsome K9focus rescue dog since August, said: "He is an absolute dream of a dog, relaxed, gentle and good company who very quickly settled into our home after what had been a difficult period.

"Sadly I had lost my son, and though my family and friends were and still are so supportive it was walking for miles with my dog Holly that was a huge escape when I needed to be on my own, unfortunately she became poorly and passed away too. "

She said K9focus was there to help when her son's dog had to be rehomed and the rescue charity was the obvious place to go when she was ready to have another dog of her own.

"There was Wolfie just waiting for someone to choose him, so we did," she said.

"He doesn't realise the gaps that he is helping to fill, just thinks we are going on long walks- which of course is great for both of us."