A local rescue puppy from Nottingham has been chosen as one of 12 four-legged stars to feature in the 2020 Kennel Club Breed Rescue calendar.
Compiled from professional ‘pawtraits’, the calendar includes stories of dogs that have overcome the odds and are now settled into their new homes, with sales of the calendar raising funds for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, one of the largest charities dedicated to dog health and welfare in the UK.
Despite spending the first weeks of her life in constant veterinary care, having a very severe hearing condition and starting off in a rescue home, Nutmeg, a now ten-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, hasn’t let anything stop her from claiming her calendar star title.
Nutmeg was adopted by Keith and Stephanie Mason with the help of the Humberside Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Rescue. Explaining how Nutmeg came into their lives, Stephanie said: “Nutmeg was very poorly as a puppy and was taken to the vets to have her put to sleep. She had giardia, a highly-contagious stomach problem, and lived at the vets for three weeks. The vet persuaded the owner to sign her over to the rescue.
“When she started to recover she went into a foster home, and then we adopted her when she was about six months old.”
Nutmeg was diagnosed as deaf when she was two, but understands hand signals and has even competed in agility. Keith said: “As long as she can see us she’s fine because she understands so many signs. Her favourite game is kiddie bubbles and she even knows the Makaton sign for them.”
Each of the rescue organisations featured in the calendar receive a donation from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust which can help organisations with covering costs of rehoming, veterinary care and other expenses.
Professor Steve Dean, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust said “Through these beautiful photographs we can showcase all these special dogs and their wonderful personalities, while highlighting the importance of the work that rescue welfare organisations do for hundreds of dogs across the country.
“The welfare organisations work so hard to find these dogs their forever homes and give them a second chance at life. The rehoming stories in the calendar highlight the importance of having a breed that matches your lifestyle as well as the fulfilling nature of providing a home for a dog in need.
“It is so important that when buying a dog, owners do their research thoroughly in order to ensure they are buying the right dog for their lifestyle to help prevent high numbers of dogs ending up in rescue.”
Nutmeg features alongside 11 other rescue dogs in the Kennel Club Breed Rescue calendar, which was launched at Discover Dogs in London in October and is now on sale via the Kennel Club’s website.
The money raised through the sale of the calendars will enable the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to continue to make a difference for dogs in 2020, by funding a wide variety of work ranging from research into canine diseases, supporting rescue centres and dog welfare organisations and training support dogs – all of which give dogs and their owners a healthier, happier life.
The Kennel Club Breed Rescue is now available at the Kennel Club online shop via this link for £5.