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Wylie Scruffts Winner

Wylie the mongrel goes from mean streets of Kandahar to Crufts and wins battle to be named top dog

He had been savagely beaten and left for dead when a convoy of British soldiers discovered him while on patrol in Kandahar.

Now Wylie has marked a miraculous transformation from battered stray on war torn streets to win a prestigious award at this year’s Crufts show.

Tonight he was crowned Best Crossbreed Rescue at the Scruffts show, which is part of the world’s biggest pedigree dog show.

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Wylie Rosette pic

Afghan stray Wylie goes to Crufts

A dog who endured horrific cruelty in Afghanistan and remarkably survived against the odds could become top dog at Crufts today.

Wylie the mongrel was rescued close to death on the streets of Kandahar in Afghanistan by British soldiers in 2011.

Fast forward to today, and he is one of six finalists in Scruffts, a part of the Crufts show at Birmingham NEC which aims to find champion crossbreed dogs.

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Hannah feeding pups

Jan 2013 Dogster

Nowzad Dogs Saves the Strays of War-Torn Afghanistan
It’s tough enough to be a soldier in war-torn Afghanistan; little wonder many servicemen return home with post-traumatic stress disorder. Now imagine being a local dog, terrified and confused, with no way to understand the waking nightmare going on around you..
Medusa

Jan 2013 LA Times

She was just an ordinary brown mutt, a stray, but Pvt. Conrad Lewis loved her.

Lewis, a British paratrooper in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, adopted the dog and named her Pegasus. Everyone called her Peg.

In his letters home, Lewis described Peg as a member of his military family: “I have taught her to sit and give me her paw…. She patrols with us, she is not afraid of the Taliban or their bullets.”

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Bolt & Shaun

Oct 2012 Daily Mail

Virginia Marine Shaun Duling recently returned home to the U.S. from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan with a broken heart and a worn-in dog collar that belonged to a friend he was forced to leave behind — and that he feared he would never see again.

The collar belonged to Bolt, a stray dog that became Duling’s closest companion during a long and lonely winter in Afghanistan. When Duling left the country last month to return home to Alexandria, Virginia, Duling and Bolt had become inseparable, making Duling’s homecoming painfully bittersweet.

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Mari

May 2012 MPBN

Last summer, Sarah Zeller of Damariscotta, Maine, was living in Kabul, Afghanistan, working for a non-profit. One morning in June, she took an early morning stroll around the compound where she was based. That’s when she first saw a scruffy sheepdog mix the residents nicknamed “Mari.” She was hanging out with the group of stray dogs that lived in the compound. But Zeller says there was something about Mari that set her apart from the rest of the pack.

 

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Dr Susan

May 2012 The Forecaster

TOPSHAM — Susan Chadima’s life as a veterinarian includes her practice on quiet Foreside Road and on war-torn streets in Afghanistan.

Chadima, who founded the Androscoggin Animal Hospital in 1985, will talk about her experiences at the Topsham Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.

With her will be Pen Farthing, a former United Kingdom royal marine who founded Nowzad Dogs, a nonprofit organization that rescues stray and abandoned dogs, cats and donkeys in Afghanistan. The group rehabilitates those animals and locates them new homes in safe places around the globe.

 

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Kennel2

May 2012 Metro

It’s a year since Bin Laden’s death so you can be forgiven for forgetting about one of the combatants.  However, as President Obama basked in the reflected glory of SEAL Team 6 the spotlight had already fallen firmly on one unlikely team member, a certain four-legged warrior called  Cairo, a Belgian Malinois dog.

The mighty mutt eventually met the US president who said later in a campaign video ‘It wasn’t until I knew that they were across the border, they were safe, everybody was accounted for including the dog,  that, you know, i allowed some satisfaction.’

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Nowzad shelter dogs (8)

May 2012 Reuters

Spot made the clandestine journey from the Afghan Taliban stronghold of Helmand to the capital Kabul, where he is undergoing medical treatment before moving to the United States to live with the family of the Marine who rescued him.

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