Local dog taught how to trust is calendar cover star

A local three-year-old Golden Retriever rescue dog who had to learn to trust people again after being deprived of a loving home, was selected by the Kennel Club as the cover star of the 2018 calendar.

Lexi, a Golden Retriever, who came into the Rescue Trust of the North West Retriever Club in 2016, had been to two different homes in as many years, after being bought by a family from an internet advert. They didn’t have the time to care for her and soon sent her to another home, and because Lexi had never been socialised her new family struggled to correct the issues that had taken hold, which included fear aggression and guarding.

She was then found a third home by the Rescue Trust of the North West Golden Retriever and was taught how to trust people again. She now loves nothing better than to cuddle up with owners of a night, and to try and befriend ducks on her dog walks.

Proud owner Emma Yates, 40, from Chorley in Lancashire, said: “We couldn’t be happier, or more proud of her, for being on the cover, and pretty Miss May, of the Kennel Club Breed Rescue calendar. They say that every picture tells a story, and the happiness on her face in this picture really shows what a cheeky and happy character she is. She certainly lights up our home, and it is nice to think that her picture will light up the homes of other dog lovers too, whilst raising money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.”

Pat Blackburn, from Bangor in North Wales and representative for the Rescue Trust of the North West Golden Retriever, who found Lexi her new home, said: “Lexi was a troubled soul when she came to us last year, and struggled to trust people, which translated into aggression and food guarding, as a self defence mechanism. With a lot of love and care she has now transformed into a wonderfully happy and loyal dog and we are glad that she is representing our rescue organisation by gracing the front page of Kennel Club Breed Rescue Calendar.”

The calendar features winning images of rescue dogs that were submitted by Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations for a competition run by the Kennel Club and all proceeds from the calendar sales will go to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports dog rescue organisations

The 2018 calendar features the following breeds: English Springer Spaniel, Bedlington Terrier, French Bulldog, West Highland White Terrier, Golden Retriever, Border Collie, Bavarian Mountain Hound, German Shorthaired Pointer, Japanese Shiba Inu, Greyhound, Akita and Irish Setter.

As winners of the competition to find the stars of the calendar, the Rescue Trust of the North West Golden Retriever have received £100 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Dogs, such as Lexi, 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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