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Top dog Elliot saluted

PUBLISHED: 11:12 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:19 12 August 2010

A BLIND greyhound who has had both his eyes removed has come second in a national competition honouring extraordinary dogs.

A BLIND greyhound who has had both his eyes removed has come second in a national competition honouring extraordinary dogs.

One-year-old Elliot, owned by Maxine and Rick Game, was runner-up in the third annual James Wellbeloved and Association of Pet Dog Trainers Tails of Achievement Awards contest, staged at Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire.

Maxine, Rick and Elliot competed against 14 other finalists from the UK, but just missed out on first place.

Elliot was born blind, probably as a result of drugs given to his mother early in pregnancy. He attends puppy training classes at Wagging Tails dog school in South Norwood with trainer Vera Marney.

Mrs Game, from Beckenham, said: "To reach the final of the Tails of Achievement Awards, and then come second is just fantastic. Elliot is an absolute delight, and Vera has helped us to help him so much. It's a real partnership."

Elliot had to have his eyes removed as they were causing pain. He has quickly learnt to negotiate his way around home and the park and understands cues using special words.

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