Buckham Fair’s Best Rescue Dog becomes national celebrity

PUBLISHED: 15:22 25 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:22 25 June 2014

Martin Clunes with Sarah Singleton and Wylie winners of Best Rescue Dog at Buckham Fair

Martin Clunes with Sarah Singleton and Wylie winners of Best Rescue Dog at Buckham Fair


The winner of Buckham Fair’s Best Rescue Dog has become a national celebrity, as Helen Stiles discovers

One of the most popular events at Buckham Fair Dog and Pony Show, and one that always brings a tear to my eye, is the Best Rescue/Re-homed Championship. The event was started in 2012, after dog lovers Diana Clark and Rosemary Young suggested a competition that raised awareness about the need to support the re-homing of dogs and give them a second chance to have a good life.

Qualifying classes are held at local dog shows throughout Dorset, Somerset and Devon throughout May, June and July. Four dogs from each of these qualifiers go through to the grand final at Buckham Fair, hosted by Martin and Philippa Clunes on their farm in Beaminster.

The tales of these rescue dogs are both heart warming and heart rending, and none more so than that of last year’s winner. Wylie was rescued by soldiers back in 2011 from the streets of Kandahar, Afghanistan. He had been horrifically beaten, mutilated (his ears had been cut off) and forced into dog fights. Soldiers took him back to the British army base where he was given emergency treatment, and the animal charity Nowzad brought him back to England.

Despite this horrendous experience, Wylie recovered and was soon found a loving home with Sarah Singleton in Yeovil, who describes him as a “gentle, trusting and loving dog.” Sarah and Wylie won Best Rescue Dog at Buckham Fair last year, but this wasn’t the end of his celebrity experience. Wylie subsequently beat 1,200 other dogs from around the country to win the Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year at Crufts.

So if you have a rescue dog or a dog you have re-homed then why not enter them into the Buckham Fair Rescue Dog of the Year? Who knows, maybe we’ll see you in the ring with Martin Clunes at Buckham Fair on 17 August.

For more details on all the dog shows visit buckhamfair.co.uk and click on calendar

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