A deaf dog who spends time with people affected by dementia in specialist North Wales facilities has been awarded ‘Rescue Dog of the Year’ at the Bryn-Y-Maen Animal Centre’s Fun Dog Show.
Ted, who is approximately eight years old, picked up the accolade at the event in Upper Colwyn Bay on Sunday (21 May).
Rescue dogs from across North Wales were in attendance at the show – many of whom had inspiring, uplifting stories to share with the judges.
Lead judge Leanne Hardy, RSPCA North Wales Chief Inspector, ultimately decided to give the trophy to Ted, following three heats and a grand finale.
The charity say Ted’s story is an uplifting reminder as to what amazing pets rescue dogs can be – with 11 currently searching for a second chance of happiness from the Bryn-Y-Maen Animal Centre.
Springer spaniel Ted was adopted from the local North Clwyd Animal Rescue, and at one time was 10kg (1st 8lbs) overweight following severe over-feeding and irresponsible care from previous owners.
However, Ted has undergone a remarkable recovery, and has shed 8kg (1st 3.5lbs) of weight.
Ted now spends time at specialist facilities for people affected by dementia, with an RSPCA judge commenting how Ted gives an “extraordinary amount to the community” despite such a challenging start to life. He and his owner volunteer with Therapy Dogs Nationwide.
Rachel Hall, Ted’s owner, uses sign language to communicate with him – and, later this year, he will carry her wedding ring on her upcoming big day.
Chief inspector Hardy said:
“It was such a great privilege to meet so many amazing rescue dogs at the Fun Dog Show, and it was an incredibly difficult choice to choose just one to win this award.
“Ted is an amazing dog, who gives an extraordinary amount to the community, despite such a challenging start to life.
“It was fantastic to hear of his amazing U-turn in Rachel’s care, and we wish her all the best for her wedding, where Ted will have the very important job of ring bearer!
“Ted’s triumph is a fantastic reminder as to how amazing rescue dogs can be, and how people should always consider adopting, rather than shopping, if looking to add a companion animal to their family.
“We’d urge anyone thinking of taking on a dog, who is able to do so, to come and meet some of the amazing canines at the Bryn-Y-Maen Animal Centre. They’re all searching for a new forever home and second chance of happiness.”
Rachel Hall, Ted’s owner, added:
“I’m absolutely thrilled that Ted has been awarded rescue dog of the year at the Bryn-Y-Maen Centre’s Fun Dog Show.
“We had an amazing day at the event; meeting so many other beautiful dogs – including rescue dogs from across North Wales, all of whom had amazing stories to share.
“Ted had such a difficult time, and was so overweight – but has undergone a dramatic transformation.
“He loves spending time with people affected by dementia at specialist facilities in North Wales and always puts a smile on the face of those he visits.
“We communicate via sign language, as he is completely deaf – but I know my award-winning Ted is going to make the most amazing ring bearer at my upcoming wedding. It’s certainly a really exciting year for us both!”
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