A rescue dog from Horncastle is barking up the right tree and is on the way to London to compete in the prestigious Scruffts this weekend.
After beating off stiff competition from around Lincolnshire, Oscar, a crossbreed rescue dog will compete in the semi-final at Eukanuba Discover Dogs this Sunday (October 18) at ExCeL London.
Oscar’s owner Tracy Evans is confident they have what it takes to win the hearts of the judges as they take part in the Most Handsome Dog semi final. If they win they will be on their way to the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, to compete in the Scruffts final next March.
Tracy said: “Oscar is a German Shepherd, Husky cross, he is seven-years-old. We got him at seven-months-old and we were his fourth home. He had a bad start and was a very frightened boy which has taken quite a lot of training to work on.
“Oscar is a great motivator, we took part in the Kennel Club’s Get Fit with Fido campaign and through this and with Oscar’s help of course, I lost over four stone.”
Tracy added: “We are not particularly fast but are lucky enough to be entered into the European Championships the weekend before in Scotland. We are also canicross Midlands members and have been doing some training runs to introduce dogs and humans to the sport.
“We train at the local dog training centre, (Westville DTC) and he now has all his Kennel Club Good Citizens Awards, it took four goes to get bronze as he kept breaking his stay. I am the club chairman and Oscar helps me to take the Bronze class.”
Throughout the year, heats of the popular Scruffts contest, which is supported by pet food makers James Wellbeloved, have taken place at events around the country in search of crossbreeds with that extra special something.
James Wellbeloved marketing manager, Anne-Laure Jaouën said: “Oscar is exactly what we are looking for in the Scruffts competition and I wish them the best of luck in the semi-final.
“Every year the contestants amaze us with their stories, and we are looking forward to another really fantastic event at ExCeL London.”
Scruffts is run in support of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which has donated over £9m worth of grants to benefit the canine world since its inception in 1987. Its mission is to ‘make a difference for dogs’ through charitable grants and helping to fund research into canine health problems.