Local dog is a kennel club rescue calendar star

A local dog who has come a long way since finding himself in rescue at seven months of age, now boasting a large social media following and a local radio slot, has been selected by the Kennel Club as the star of their new Breed Rescue calendar.

Ralph, a Bedlington Terrier from Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire, who came into Bedlington Terrier Rescue earlier in the year, was gifted by his owners who were struggling with his exuberance.  He was difficult to rehome, despite his young age, because he had no training and socialisation, so Bedlington Terrier Rescue put him into foster care with a behaviourist, where his training began.

Just a few months later he endeared himself to his new family by stealing treats and pushing his way onto the sofa, and now lives the life of a mini star. He has generated a Facebook fan base with his blogs and anecdotes about his adventures on his journey to his new home. He also has his own slot on Gateway Radio 987 on a Sunday morning.

He has now won a Kennel Club competition to feature in the Breed Rescue Calendar 2018, which was launched at the Discover Dogs event in London on the weekend. The sale of the calendar raises money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports Breed Rescue organisations such as Bedlington Terrier Rescue.

Frances Fuller, Group Coordinator for Bedlington Terrier Rescue, who heads up the team that helped find Ralph his new home, said: “We couldn’t be happier, or more proud of Ralph, for being handsome Mr February, of the Kennel Club Breed Rescue calendar and for raising money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust in the process. It was sad to see such a young and happy dog without a home, but with the dedication of his initial foster carers, a behaviourist and a loving new family he is now living the life of riley.”

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: English Springer Spaniel, French Bulldog, West Highland White Terrier, Golden Retriever, Border Collie, Bavarian Mountain Hound, German Shorthaired Pointer, Japanese Shiba Inu, Greyhound, Akita, Irish Setter.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Dogs such at Ralph, who feature in this 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.

“The Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations do such fantastic work and 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 and funds with wonderful work done by rescue and rehoming 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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