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Agilitynet Dog of the Year 2009

Spud (Golden Wunda Spud Noworries) was picked up as a stay in Southern Ireland. He was found roaming the streets trying to pick up any small morsel of food he could find and taken to the local pound by the dog warden but never claimed.  As soon as Linda Cummings saw Spud on Agilitynet, it was love at first sight. This year Spud won the DARL Agilitynet Rescue Me Award with a stunning 2577 points. That was 1459 more than the 2nd place dog.

Luckily the local council worked in partnership with a rescue centre in the area, Dungarven Rescue Centre, so Spud was taken there along with another little chap. They were taken over to Hope Rescue in Wales to be re-homed. Spud soon became quite a little star with the volunteers as he just has the perfect nature. You can't help but love this little man.

Spud was put out into a foster home in Sheffield and advertised on the Rescue page of Agilitynet for re-homing, and so the story begins.

One look and it was decided. I was having Spud. It was non-negotiable. Arrangements were made and off we went to Sheffield to pick our handsome little chap up from Julie who was fostering him. He was lively, active, cheeky - a little pocket rocket with only two speeds... asleep or manic!

Once home we introduced Spud to the rest of the gang. He is just so biddable that our other eight dogs took to him straight away. He soon became used to his new environment and decided he was sleeping next to me in bed - and has done every night since. Sorry, Sweep.

We took Spud to the vet we use in Durham to get him checked over as he has a peculiar gait. After examining Spud the vet felt that he has shown significant trauma either hit by a car or kicked as he has restricted movement in his right shoulder due to a badly healed break and his back right leg is deformed where it has been broken and left to heal. He also has a scar on the right side of his head. 

We asked the vet if Spud was in any pain? Could we do anything to fix his legs?  The vet felt that Spud was fine and in no pain but there was little we could do for his shoulder and leg. He seemed quite happy in himself.  We asked would he be able to do agility. The vet replied there is no reason why he couldn't try it.

Spud absolutely loved agility
He has such an attitude which is really nice to see. As his confidence grew and grew, he went from Grade 3 to Grade 7 in just seven months. He is a confident little chap now and thinks nothing of letting me know half way round a course if Iím not quick enough with my commands. By that time I've lost the plot anyway!

I love all my dogs dearly, but Spud will always have a very special place in my heart. He is such a genuine, gentle, kind little soul and I hope all his memories are only good, loving ones.


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