Former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis pays tribute to special Pet As Therapy dog

Former heavyweight boxing champion, Lennox Lewis, was delighted to learn that a PAT dog has been named in his honour.

A four-year-old, black Labrador, Lennox Lou.spends his day as a PAT (Pet As Therapy) dog at a group home for the mentally handicapped run by the Wakefield and Pontefract NHS Trust.

His owner, 39-year-old nurse Maxine Hartshorne is also a big fan of the heavyweight boxer.

The unlikely friendship began after Maxine sent him cuttings of the dog and Lennox responded with signed memorabilia.

“Lennox has told me he is very impressed with my dog and pleased to have been named after him as he does a lot of charity work himself.

“Lennox Lou has got a lovely temperament – there’s a different atmosphere when comes into a room.”

Maxine, who also takes Lennox Lou to a day centre for the physically handicapped on her day off, has been a fan of Lennox Lewis’s for years.

She says she hopes to arrange a meeting with Lennox for a charity appeal when the boxer comes back to Britain after his fight in the US in next month.