THE EAST Hampshire founder of a canine charity is taking his best friend to one of the world’s most famous dog shows.

Tails are wagging in anticipation at Hounds for Heroes as the Ramsdean charity will once again have a stall at the Crufts Dog Show.

Founder Allen Parton and his assistance dog, ET, are travelling to the Birmingham showpiece to raise awareness of their much-loved charity.

It will be Mr Parton’s 33rd visit to the NEC and ET’s third, following in the famous paw-prints of previous dogs, Endal and EJ.

He said: “To be surrounded by such a huge sea of dogs and a dog loving community for four days is truly amazing and life really doesn’t get better than this.

“Whilst there we will be talking to relevant breeders to source our future puppies and also to the various equipment manufacturers.

“Most importantly, we will talk to the visiting public about Hounds for Heroes and to thank, in person, the many dog clubs and various organisations that have supported us throughout the year.”

This year’s event from March 6 is expected to attract more than 20,000 four-legged friends and their owners from around the world.

The event is one of the most important on the calendar for Hounds for Heroes and similar organisations who provide guide, hearing and service dogs for people in need.

“These very special dogs really truly are a breed apart, as they’re able to perform amazing tasks,” said Mr Parton, from Clanfield.

“But there’s one thing for sure – I’ll always be coming home with my Best in Show, my young ET.”