Battersea’s Trotty and Kenny jumping for joy as namesakes win Olympic golds
There was a paw-some party in the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home kennels last night, with rescue dogs Trotty and Kenny woofing with delight as their famous namesakes won more Olympic golds.
The furry Battersea duo have been named in honour of Team GB’s golden cycling couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny, who have now won a staggering ten Olympic gold medals between them.
Trotty, Kenny and their canine friends were up late last night in the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home London kennels to watch as their namesakes took to the track.
There was a hushed silence and paws were crossed as Laura Trott lined up for the Women’s Omnium final. But the mood quickly turned to celebration as she peddled into cycling history, becoming the first British woman to win four Olympic gold medals.
Shih Tzu-cross Trotty ran a victory lap around the kennels in celebration, but was soon back in front of the TV to watch Jason Kenny compete in the Men’s Keirin.
It was a ruff beginning to the men’s final and Spaniel-cross Kenny needed some comforting after two race restarts. But he was soon jumping for joy as his namesake went on to win his third gold of the Rio Olympics, after beating the Dutch cyclist Matthijs Buchli over the line.
Trotty and Kenny were both brought into Battersea because their owners were no longer able to take care of them.
Battersea’s Rehoming and Welfare Manager, Becky Fisher said: “Trotty and Kenny are great friends but, unlike their Olympic namesakes, they don’t come as a couple and will be looking for homes of their own. We hope they strike gold and quickly find owners who will give them the love and attention they deserve. Who knows, as our famous cycling couple are great dog owners, maybe they’ll be tempted by Battersea’s Trotty and Kenny?”
If you are interested in offering any of our dogs here a home, please contact Battersea on 0800 001 4444 or visit battersea.org.uk.
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Notes to editors
- Laura Trott has won four Olympic gold medals. She won the Women’s Omnium and the Team Pursuit at both the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and the 2012 London Summer Olympics
- Jason Kenny has won seven Olympic medals, six gold and one silver. He won gold in the Men’s Team Sprint in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and silver in the Men’s Sprint. He won gold in the Men’s Sprint and the Men’s Team Sprint in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. He won gold in the Men’s Team Sprint, the Men’s Sprint and the Men’s Keirin in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics
- Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society.
- Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
- In 2015 the Home cared for over 8000 dogs and cats.
- Battersea cares for an average of 260 dogs and 220 cats across its three centres at any one time.
- We have over 1200 volunteers. In 2015 volunteers dedicated over 73,000 hours to Battersea.
- Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central government funding towards the care of its dogs and cats and relies on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs & cats. To make a donation visit our website or call 0207 627 7883.
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