The Guardian of Croydon, England reports that the London 2012 committee wants local heros to apply to carry the torch:
But Hamish McFee, who won last year’s community champion award, is not allowed to be one of them. The 11-year-old West Highland terrier has devoted his dog days to helping others – working as a Pets as Therapy (Pat) dog, teaching children to cross the road safely and helping others overcome their fear of dogs.
He won at last year’s Croydon Champions awards and was also named 2010 Pat dog of the year at the Crufts dog show. The little hero, owned by Barry and Margaret Crossby from Addiscombe, was honoured for all his hard work with patients in the physiotherapy and stroke units at Mayday Hospital, where he has worked with the elderly and people in comas.
A London 2012 spokeswoman said: “From what we’ve heard, Hamish contributes to life in Croydon, but we want people with stories of personal achievement or contribution to the community to be celebrated. With limited places, we are comfortable inspiring stories of human endeavour should be our focus.”