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Special day for young fan and his top dog!

Posted on 1 April 2010  - 12:00

Players, coaches and staff alike were delighted to welcome a brave young man and his very special friend to our Spurs Lodge training ground this week.

Players, coaches and staff alike were delighted to welcome a brave young man and his very special friend to our Spurs Lodge training ground this week.

Sam Daly, 8, is a massive Spurs fan who has muscular dystrophy - a condition that was becoming increasingly difficult for him to cope with until the arrival of a certain Labrador just under a year ago.

Through the charity Dogs for the Disabled, Sam was introduced to two-year old Josie, who had been trained as an assistance dog to offer greater independence and freedom to people with physical disabilities.

She gave Sam a companion he can rely on during the hardest times, helping him with the things in life so many take for granted, such as picking up objects, opening doors and getting dressed for school.

Such is the dramatic impact Josie's arrival has had on Sam's life that she was recognised as the nation's top dog in the Crufts Friends for Life competition by public vote earlier in the month.

Our very own canine-enthusiast Michael Dawson was last month shown a short film on the incredible relationship Sam and Josie enjoy.

And ‘Daws' could not help noticing the amount of Spurs regalia Sam had on display in his bedroom - moving the defender to invite both Sam and Josie to the Lodge for the day.

Michael took it upon himself to introduce his team-mates to the pair, who then had the chance to watch the First Team train before Sam sat down for lunch with ‘Daws' in the players canteen.

And Josie wasn't left out - ‘Daws' made sure he brought in plenty of doggy biscuits and treats for her to enjoy throughout the day!

All-in-all, it was a day Sam will cherish and goes to show the unforgettable opportunities his unique friendship with Josie is providing.

Sam's father, Brian, accompanied him on the day, and said: "Sam throughly enjoyed his time at Spurs Lodge and we were touched by the extra lengths Michael Dawson went to make it so special for him. Everyone made him feel really welcome and went the extra mile to take time to chat.

"He has followed Spurs since he was only a few moths old and to finally get to meet his heroes was a dream come true for him."

Sam said: "I had a really suberb time and Dawson was very nice. I really enjoyed my time at Spurs Lodge."