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Support Dogs Needing A Home With The 2015 Breed Rescue Calendar

03 November 2014    14:30
Eilidh the Westie is the cover start of the 2015 Kennel Club Breed Rescue calendar

Dog lovers can support rescue dogs by ordering the 2015 Kennel Club Breed Rescue calendar, which is now available and stars dogs from breeds that have been helped by Kennel Club Breed Rescue (KCBR) organisations.

Raising money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, the new calendar features images of rescue dogs that were submitted by KCBR organisations for a competition run by the Kennel Club to find worthy models to illustrate each month of the year.  The 2015 calendar features the following breeds: Border Collie, Flatcoated Retriever, Boxer, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, West Highland White Terrier, German Shepherd Dog, Large Munsterlander, Greyhound, Basset Hound, Labrador Retriever and Akita, and also a Jack Russell.

The cover star of the 2015 calendar is sixteen month old Eilidh, a West Highland White Terrier who was rescued by UK Westie Rehoming.  Life has not always been so glamorous for Eilidh, who was born into rescue after her mother Polly ended up at UK Westie Rehoming when her owner was found dead. 

No one knew Polly was pregnant until she was scanned by a vet who identified four little bundles in her womb, and when the pups were born three were successfully rehomed.  Eilidh, the fourth pup, however, found it difficult to bond with potential new owners, and came back to the rescue.  After it became clear that she did not feel comfortable around anyone other than Jacqui Ferris-Woods, a coordinator for the rescue, Jacqui decided to give her a home herself and Eilidh has lived with her ever since.

Jacqui said: "We are excited that Eilidh has been chosen as the cover star for the Kennel Club Breed Rescue calendar and will help to raise money for other rescue dogs in need.  It is so important to raise awareness of the plight of rescue dogs and we are glad that Eilidh can be a part of that, having been born into a rescue herself.  She's an absolutely lovely dog.  She can be a slightly stroppy girl at times so I am glad the image I submitted to the competition has captured her at her happiest - when she is bounding around outside!"

Jacqui and Eilidh, along with other dogs who star in the calendar, will be at London's biggest dog event, Discover Dogs (8-9 November at Earls Court in London) to promote Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations and encourage people to buy the calendar to support rescue dogs.

As winners of the competition to find the stars of the calendar, Jacqui and Eilidh will be presented with over £100 of free Eukanuba dog food at Discover Dogs and the 11 runners-up will each receive more than £30 of dog food.  Eukanuba runs the Breed Rescue Support Programme in partnership with the Kennel Club, which helps Breed Rescue organisations to reduce their food bill and support those who adopt rescue dogs.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said:  "We are thrilled with each of the dogs that have been chosen for the calendar and hope that its sale will help to encourage people to consider rescuing a purebred dog that needs a permanent home, whilst raising money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust which supports and funds a number of rescue and rehoming organisations. 

"Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations do such great work and we are very much looking forward to having them at Discover Dogs, which is the perfect place to showcase success stories like Eilidh's."

The Kennel Club Breed Rescue calendar will be on sale for £5 throughout Discover Dogs and through the Kennel Club online shop for the rest of the year. All proceeds go to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to make a difference to the lives of all dogs.

For those who cannot make it to Discover Dogs, the calendar is available to buy from


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