Battersea's Rutherford is our golden boy

Golden Retriever Rutherford jumped at the chance to show off his patriotic pride as Battersea cheered long jump champ Greg Rutherford to victory at the 2012 Olympic Games.

06 August 2012
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Our very own golden boy bears the name of newly-crowned Olympic champion Greg Rutherford, who lifted the roof off the Olympic stadium when he won Gold in the Men’s Long Jump with a leap of 8.31m.

Battersea is celebrating the success of Team GB by naming some of its homeless dogs and cats after our gold medal winning heroes and heroines.

We already have Staffies Mo (10,000m winner Mo Farah), Jessica (heptathlete Jessica Ennis) and Ben (sailor Ben Ainslie),  Katherine and Anna (rowers Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins), 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 Geraint Thomas, Ed Clancy, Pete Kennaugh 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: “The last three days have seen amazing success for Team GB and we’re immensely proud of our athletes. Naming some of our dogs and cats after these sporting heroes is our way of celebrating their achievements and we hope our famously-named dogs and cats will be given extra attention from visitors to the centre.

“Here at Battersea everyone 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.”

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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