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
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.