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Rory the Staffie becomes an Olympics star
Battersea is appealing for a home for a Staffie who became an international star, when he helped England footballer Michael Owen carry the Olympic Torch through the Home yesterday.
- 24 July 2012
- Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Images of four year old Rory and Michael carrying the torch through the rescue centre and past the iconic Battersea Power Station have already been beamed across the world. Dog lover Michael also helped spread the word by tweeting a photo of him to his 1.5 million followers, saying: “I'd love to take this Staffie home but I don't think my current dogs would have it! May ask one of my family!”
Rory has captured the hearts of staff and volunteers at Battersea with his soft, friendly nature. He adores being with people and loves to stay active, so he was the perfect choice to accompany Michael as he carried the Olympic Torch through Battersea. Michael fell in love with him as soon as they met, and they were cheered on as they walked past a doggy Guard of Honour of 50 Battersea dogs. Rory was impeccably behaved as he strolled along in his blue Battersea coat.
Michael loved walking Rory and said: “I’m a huge fan of Staffies so was thrilled to meet Rory and he seemed to really enjoy helping me carry the torch. The atmosphere was brilliant and the dogs behaved so well.”
While his new owners won’t need an Olympic Torch to keep Rory entertained, he is looking for a home where he will be kept busy. Battersea's Head of Animal Welfare Laura Jenkins selected Rory to accompany Michael, and said: “We knew Rory was the dog for this important role. He is a super boy who loves being in the heart of the action and we knew he’d love to help Michael carry the torch. He is a fabulous dog and everyone was so impressed with him, as he was incredibly calm walking past the cheering crowds and photographers. Rory would suit an active home as he has lots of energy and he will be an amazing addition to his new family.”
Rory is one of 166 Staffies and Staffie crosses Battersea is currently caring for across its three centres in London, Old Windsor and Brands Hatch. The majority stay for 62 days before finding a new home, but Rory has already been waiting 104 days. Laura continues: “We think he’s still here simply because he’s been overlooked by potential owners, but now we’re hoping someone will see a photo or clip of Rory and realise what a wonderful boy he is. We have put a poster outside his kennel showing photos from the day, so hope he will catch someone's eye and be on his way to a new home soon.”
Rory needs owners who have some experience of dogs and he can live in any location, in a home with his own garden. While he likes other dogs he’d prefer to be the only one in his new family, but he may be able to live with a cat or older children.