Dog named after Jade Jones

Battersea has celebrated Team GB champion Jade Jones’ taekwondo victory by naming one of its homeless dogs after the Welsh heroine.

Date:
10 August 2012
Source:
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Last night Jade became the youngest member of Team GB to take gold at London 2012. As she won the -57kg final against China’s Yuzhuo Hou, her triumph was met with barks of delight from a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross at Battersea, who has been named Jade in her honour.

One year old Jade the dog was an obvious choice, as just like the Olympic champion she is young and energetic, and is now hoping some of her namesake’s success will rub off on her as she searches for a new home.

Operations Manager Claire Porteous explains: “Our Jade is just like the Team GB champion, as she’s friendly, enthusiastic and can be very quick on her feet, especially when she’s chasing her favourite tennis ball. Like Jones she has her eye on the prize, as she wants to bag a new home. Here at Battersea everyone, including our dogs and cats, is right behind Team GB and we hope that naming some of our animals after the team will help spur them on to win even more medals.”

Jade is one of 32 dogs and cats at Battersea named after Team GB Olympic gold medal champions. They include Staffies Mo, Ben, Jessica and Nicola, Jack Russell cross Murray, and Golden Retriever Rutherford.

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.  

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