Crufts, The World’s Largest Dog Show, is not only about breeds competing for Best in Show. Crufts includes the widely entertaining musical freestyle competition, some of the best agility teams in the world, the heartwarming Friends for Life Award, and the Scruffts at Crufts competitions for crossbreed dogs. One of the classes in Scruffts is the Best Crossbreed Rescue.
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Crufts was viewable via livestream throughout the weekend. When Big Brother winner, Kate Lawler, introduced the finalists in the Cross Breed Dogs competition, every story pulled at my heartstrings. And I cried when I saw Wylie and heard his story. I was astounded that I was looking at a dog who was severely beaten in Afghanistan, had been forced to fight (as a sport), had his ears chopped off, had been run over by a car, and had his genitals severed before he was stabbed in the chest. He wouldn’t even had been alive if soldiers hadn’t found him in severe pain and treated his wounds. According to the Daily Mail, Wylie was taken in by Nowzad charity, founded by Royal Marine Pen Farthing, and brought back to Britain. Sarah Singleton from Somerset met him, fell in love with him and nursed him back to health. The emotional wounds were no smaller than the physical ones.
Sarah told the Bleacher Report, “The journey he has been on from Afghanistan where he was near death so many times to now in the main ring at Crufts is just amazing. He represents all the rescue dogs and all the underdogs from all round the world. I am so proud of him.”
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