From donating blood and visiting hospital wards to taking part in charity runs – ‘super-staffie’ Romeo’s amazing array of activities made him the top choice to win a Blue Cross Medal recently.

Five-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross Romeo impressed the judging panel with the huge range of good deeds he does to help both people and pets.

Not only is Romeo a qualified Pets as Therapy dog, visiting stroke patients or brightening the day for the residents of a local care home, he is also a regular canine blood donor for the Royal Veterinary College.

Romeo has donated without fail every three to four months for last two years, helping to save numerous doggie lives. And as if that weren’t enough, the hero hound even joins his owner Steph Hartley on runs, to help raise funds for charity.

“I’m so proud of Romeo, he’s such a special and kind dog – it just seems to be built into him to take care of people.” – Romeo’s owner, Steph Hartley.

TV presenter Chris Packham, one of the judges on the medal panel, said: “Romeo sounds like an amazing dog and he is a really deserving winner of the Blue Cross Medal.

“Staffies sadly do suffer from a bad reputation and Romeo completely transforms the stereotype for this lovely breed with all the incredible ways he helps out people and other dogs. He even gives blood – what a dog!”

Romeo’s adoring family are thrilled he has touched hearts and won the award.

Romeo’s owner, Steph Hartley, said: “I’m so proud of Romeo, he’s such a special and kind dog – it just seems to be built into him to take care of people.

“He adores people and exercise, so he really enjoys all the things we do together, from visiting hospitals to going on runs and doing agility together – he’s a real ambassador for his breed.”

 

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