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Scruffts Winner Wylie Launches Book At The Kennel Club

12 September 2014    10:00
Kennel Club CEO Rosemary Smart, Nowzad founder and author Pen Farthing, Wylie and Sarah Singleton at Wylie's book launch

Winner of the Kennel Club's Scruffts 2014 competition, Wylie, launched a book at the Kennel Club Art Gallery today (11 September), about his remarkable journey from a life afflicted by cruelty in Afghanistan, to becoming an award winning and much loved dog.

The book, 'Wylie, the Brave Street Dog Who Never Gave Up', is written by Pen Farthing, ex-Royal Marine and founder of charity Nowzad, who rescued Wylie from Afghanistan where he was used as a bait dog in dog fights and was beaten, starved, run over and had his ears and tail severed.

On arriving in the UK he was paired with now owner, Sarah Singleton from Yeovil, Somerset, who entered him into the Kennel Club's Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year competition, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, where he made it to the grand final at Crufts 2014. He was crowned as champion by radio DJ Kate Lawler in front of a packed NEC Arena in Birmingham in March.

The book launch at the Kennel Club Art Gallery was attended by representatives from the Kennel Club, Nowzad, the book's publishers Hodder & Stoughton, and various supporters and individuals referenced in the book.

Wylie's owner, Sarah Singleton said: "Wylie has such a remarkable and heartwarming story that it just had to be told. I can't even begin to describe how proud I am of him - despite his terrible beginnings and all of the cruelty he has suffered he has never failed to be loving and gentle and has never given up.

"This book is a must read for all dog lovers and for those who want to believe in hope after adversity."

Rosemary Smart, Chief Executive of the Kennel Club, said: " We are delighted to host the launch of Wylie's book at the Kennel Club, which seems a fitting tribute to such a brave and amazing dog, after his Scruffts win at Crufts earlier this year."

Pen Farthing, founder of Nowzad, said: "Writing this book was a pleasure as Wylie's story is so special and highlights the life-saving work that the people involved in Nowzad are doing every day. We thank everybody for their support and Hodder & Stoughton for letting us tell his story, which will help to support our continued work with other dogs in Afghanistan."

Wylie's book by Hodder and Stoughton is available in Hardback and eBook now, priced at £14.99.


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