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Scrum-ptious puppies looking for a home

11 Feb 2011


This line-up of cheeky chaps is hoping that the England rugby team’s recent success will help their hunt for a new home at The Blue Cross, one of the UK’s leading animal charities.


The squad of six-week-old sweeties were brought into the charity’s adoption centre in Kimpton, Hertfordshire, on Wednesday (FEB 9) after being orphaned when their mum was sadly hit by a car. 


Staff have named the pups Johnno, Tindall, Ashton, Flood, Wilko, Foden, Easter, Sheridan, Hartley and Haskell, in the hope that some of the England squad’s magic will help turn their luck around.


Emma Pannell, deputy manager of The Blue Cross adoption centre in Kimpton, said: “At just six weeks old, these pups are such little bruisers that it seemed perfect to name them after rugby players.  They eat all the time and love to pass a ball around or pile into a scrum. 


“The puppies have had a difficult start in life, but after England’s Six Nations victory against Wales we’re hoping some of their success will rub off on these little ones.”


When their mother died, the owner of the bouncy boxer-cross puppies spent three weeks hand-feeding them six times a day before bringing them into The Blue Cross. Now they are fed four puppy meals a day and are growing fast.  Having been microchipped, vaccinated and checked over by the vet they’re now ready to look for loving new homes.


Emma added: “Like many rugby players, these puppies are going to be big and boisterous so they’d like a home where they can run around and play lots of games.  They’ll need regular training to keep them in check but in return they’ll give you love and plenty of cuddles.”


Five of the pooches will stay at the charity’s Hertfordshire centre while the other five are being moved to its adoption centre in Lewknor, Oxfordshire.  Anyone interested in adopting one should contact The Blue Cross on 0300 790 9903 or visit


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