Pet of the Week: Welwyn Garden City pooch who helped owner get through cancer

Pet of the Week Boris with his owners. Picture: Ruth Smith.

Pet of the Week Boris with his owners. Picture: Ruth Smith.


This week’s Pet of the Week is a pooch who came into his family’s life and lit it up while his owner was battling cancer.

Pet of the Week Boris. Picture: Ruth Smith.Pet of the Week Boris. Picture: Ruth Smith.

Meet Boris, who was bought for his owner Ruth Smith, of WGC, and her two daughters when she was undergoing chemotherapy two years ago.

Single parent Ruth Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2016 and is now living life free from the disease.

Ruth explained that her mum was concerned that it wasn’t the right time to get a dog while undergoing the treatment.

She said: “It was soon proven it was absolutely the right time as he lifted our spirits.

Pet of the Week Boris with his owner. Picture: Ruth Smith.Pet of the Week Boris with his owner. Picture: Ruth Smith.

“He made us smile, he got me out walking when it would have been so easy to just lay in bed feeling ill.

“But two years on he still gives the most amazing hugs and is an amazing support to my children especially Betsy who has anxiety and autism.”

If you have an adorable furry or scaly friend or a hilarious picture of your pet, send photos and a description to petoftheweek@

Please include where you live in Welwyn Hatfield or Potters Bar and your phone number so we can let you know if your pet has won.

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