Local puppy with brain injury is now rescue calendar star

A local 16-week old puppy, who wasn’t able to be placed in a normal pet home due to issues caused by a brain injury at birth, has had his life turned around and has now been selected by the Kennel Club as the star of a new calendar.

Oreo, a German Shorthaired Pointer, suffered damage to his cerebellum during birth, which caused him to have issues with his coordination, meaning he would require special care throughout his life. Thankfully, despite his challenging start, his breeder contacted the Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisation, German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue UK, who helped him find a permanent home.

He has now won a competition to feature in the new Kennel Club Breed Rescue Calendar 2018. The sale of the calendar raises money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports Breed Rescue organisations such as the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue UK, who rescued Oreo.

Proud owner, Dave Borthwick, from Grantown On Spey, in the Scottish Highlands, said: “We couldn’t be happier, or more proud of Oreo for being handsome Mr August, of the Kennel Club Breed Rescue calendar. They say that every picture tells a story, and the happiness on his face in this picture really shows what a loving and happy character he is. He certainly lights up our home, and it is nice to think that his picture will light up the homes of other dog lovers too, whilst raising money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

“He loves his life now, spending lots of time doing what the breed was made for – running around outside, enjoying the moors and highlands of Scotland. As soon as he gets out of the car he always does a joyful, four-legged bounce like Tigger. He has an incredibly long tongue and will stealthily and effectively empty a cup of tea.”

Deb Seeley from Abergavenny in Monmouthshire and a Trustee of German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue UK, said: “Oreo had a tough start after suffering from a brain injury but it doesn’t stop him living a normal life, and he’s such a loving, happy dog. He filled a sad vacancy left by the previous dog owners by his family and they are healing together. We are so pleased that he has the life he deserves and is representing our rescue organisation in 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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