A pooch from Irvine has become a major cancer charity's new 'Ambassadog' after helping his owner through her own "difficult" cancer journey.

Milo the bichon frise was nominated for the title by owner Erin Phairs, of Irvine, who went through cancer treatment 15 years ago.

The 25-year-old was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma when she was just nine years old. Two years after her cancer treatment finished, she began to struggle with PTSD following her diagnosis. 

Erin’s mum got Milo for her to try and help her through the difficult times she was facing. She says she doesn’t think she would be here if it wasn’t for Milo. 

And this week, after winning the public over following a final vote on social media, supporters of the Beatson Cancer Charity recognised the 11-year-old therapy dog's special qualities and voted for him to be the new Beatson Ambassadog.

Erin said: “We’re over the moon to find out Milo is the new Beatson Ambassadog – I feel so proud of him. 

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“Being able to represent the charity while helping others is amazing. 

“I don’t think I’d be here without Milo. He’s saved my life numerous times. 

“Milo has been there for me through everything and stayed by my side and literally licked away my tears during my journey post-cancer. 

“Without Milo, I don’t think I could have done it."

She added: “Milo has been so vital in my recovery and we decided it wasn’t fair to keep his special healing powers to ourselves, so Milo became a therapy dog meaning he can help so many others.” 

Milo will take over from Comet the golden retriever, who has been the charity's Ambassadog since last year. 

Comet was chosen after he was put forward by his owner Claire, whose aunt died from cancer in 2017 and her mum was treated at the Beatson during her cancer journey. 

Charlene Low, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We’re delighted Milo has won, although the competition was so close! As a dog loving charity, we all struggled to pick a winner.

"We are looking forward to work with Milo next year, but know that Comet and all the other dogs will continue to support those facing cancer and be an Ambassadog for their owners.”