Battersea’s Yarnold the dog predicts his namesake will win gold

16 FEBRUARY 2018

With the Winter Olympics in full swing Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has a champion canine in its kennels – Yarnold the Mongrel - who is predicting a gold medal win for his sporting namesake.
11-year-old Mongrel Yarnold is named after skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold - who won gold in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and is one of the United Kingdom’s best hopes of a medal in Pyeongchang.
Battersea’s Yarnold has high hopes for the 29-year-old athlete, who bore the flag for Britain in the Pyeongchang opening ceremony.
He predicts his namesake will make history and become the first ever British contestant to win two gold medals in the Winter Olympics.
Yarnold is also hoping to strike gold himself, by finding the perfect home. He was brought into Battersea as a stray, but he’s hoping to have a smoother run from here on his quest to find a family. 
Battersea’s Rehoming and Welfare Manager Becky Fisher said: “We’re all crossing our fingers and paws for Lizzy Yarnold and we’re hoping she’ll win gold in the women’s skeleton. Closer to home, Battersea’s Yarnold has got his skates on and is hoping to zoom out the door and into a new home soon. If you think Yarnold could be your top dog, please get in touch. Once you meet him, there’s ‘snow way’ you’ll be able to resist his charms.”
If you can offer Yarnold, or any of his fellow canine champs, a home - visit today. 
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You can download photos and a video of Yarnold the dog predicting Olympic gold for his namesake here. For more information and images please contact 020 7627 9333 or email
About Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
  • Kent born Lizzy Yarnold will be competing in the women’s skeleton event at the Pyeongchang Olympics. UK Olympic viewers can watch the women’s skeleton heats begin on Friday 16 February, with final heats on Saturday 17 February.
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