Battersea dog named for most decorated Olympic sailor

Battersea dog Ben is hoping to follow in the golden wake of his namesake Ben Ainslie, and sail into the safe harbour of a new home.

06 August 2012
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

We hope that by naming Ben in honour of the 35-year-old sailor, who today clinched his fourth straight gold medal to become the most decorated Olympic sailor in history, a little of his winner’s luck will rub off on the young Staffie.

Ben came into Battersea as a stray, and is being cared for at the Home’s London centre until his life takes a new direction.

Battersea is celebrating the amazing success of Team GB at the London Olympics by naming some of its homeless dogs and cats after the medal winning heroes and heroines.

We already have Staffies Mo (10,000m winner Mo Farah) and Jessica (heptathlete Jessica Ennis), Katherine and Anna (rowers Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins), Golden Retriever Rutherford (long jumper Greg Rutherford), a litter of black and white kittens named Drew, Tommy, Pete and Alex after gold medal winning men’s Coxless Four Andrew Triggs Hodge, Tom James, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory, Tabby and Tortoiseshell cats Sophie and Kat, named for golden Team GB rowers Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland, and kitten Pegs (cyclists Pete Kennaugh, Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Steven Burke).


Helen, Heather and Wiggins are a trio of Battersea dogs named for Coxless Pair gold medallists Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, and cyclist Bradley Wiggins.

And we also have Staffie Vicky (cyclist Victoria Pendleton), as well as JoJo, Laura and Siberian Husky Dani (cyclists Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Dani King, Peter the cat (Peter Wilson, shooting), felines Stott and Baillie (canoeists Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie) and West Highland White Chris and Staffies Jason and Philip (cyclists Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes). Quite a line-up!

Battersea Operations Manager Claire Porteous said: “It’s been another tremendous day for Team GB, which means Battersea’s own line-up of golden boys and girls is growing too! We’re all immensely proud to support Team GB, and naming some of our dogs and cats after these sporting heroes is our way of celebrating their achievements – and hopefully finding our animals new homes, too.”

Battersea has already had a taste of the excitement surrounding the Olympics, after the Flame made a special visit to the Home last month. Former England player Michael Owen carried it through Battersea, accompanied by Rory the Staffie, and they were watched by a doggy Guard of Honour of over 50 dogs.  

If you are interested in rehoming Ben please contact 0207 627 9234 or [email protected]


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