Local dog abandoned after legs gave way is rescue calendar star

A local 4 year-old English Springer Spaniel rescue dog, who was going to be put to sleep after he developed problems with his front legs, has been selected by the Kennel Club as the cover star of a new calendar.

Fleck, an English Springer Spaniel, who came into English Springer Spaniel Welfare in February 2017, was given up by his owners of nearly 3 years after his legs developed problems and he was no longer able to work. At just 4 years old he was given an operation funded by English Springer Spaniel Welfare, which gave him a new lease of life, and was re homed after 2 months.

He had previously spent his working life sleeping on a straw bed in a kennel, but now lives life in the lap of luxury, sleeping in a warm bed – and often in his owners’ bed, for a morning cuddle.

Proud owner Judith Gannon, 50, from Okehampton, Devon, said: “I couldn’t be happier, or more proud of him, for being cover star and handsome Mr January, of the Kennel Club Breed Rescue calendar, whilst raising money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

“To see him transform from a dog who needed lifting out of the car to one who can now take a long walk on Exmoor shows what can be done if you have a little bit of time, patience and faith in Spaniels’ ability to recover. He certainly lights up my home, and it is nice to think that his picture will light up the homes of other dog lovers too.”

Sandy Waldon from Bideford, Devon and National Coordinator of English Springer Spaniel Welfare, who found Fleck his new home, said: “Fleck was in such a sad situation when he came to us last year, and could barely walk as he was in so much pain, and it was all he could do to drag himself along at a run if there was a chance he could fetch a ball, which was his favourite thing to do. With a lot of love and care he has now transformed into a wonderfully happy and loyal dog and we are glad that he is representing our rescue organisation on the Kennel Club Breed Rescue Calendar.”

The calendar features images of rescue dogs that were submitted by Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations for a competition run by the Kennel Club to find worthy models to illustrate each month of the year. The 2018 calendar also features the following breeds: Bedlington Terrier, French Bulldog, West Highland White Terrier, Golden Retriever, Border Collie, Bavarian Mountain Hound, German Shorthaired Pointer, Japanese ShibaInu, Greyhound, Akita, Irish Setter.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Dogs, such as Fleck, who feature in the Kennel Club Breed Rescue Calendar have had their lives transformed by loving and caring owners and the rescue organisations who find them their new homes, and we are thrilled to be able to showcase them.

“We hope the calendar will help to encourage people to consider rescuing a purebred dog who needs a permanent home, whilst also raising money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports the wonderful work done by Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations.”

All of the rescue organisations with dogs featured in the calendar will receive £50 by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. The calendar is on sale for £5 on the Kennel Club online shop  www.thekennelclubshop.org.uk/products/breed-rescue-calendar . All proceeds go to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to ‘make a difference for dogs’.

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