24 Jul

Commonwealth Names

With Scottie dogs stealing the show at last night’s Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, it’s fitting that another set of dogs have been named after Team Scotland athletes. Dogs Trust Glasgow is getting behind team Scotland by naming 11 Lurcher puppies after the athletes to help them win loving homes.

The playful pups, named in honour of Emma White (Women’s Gymnastic Artistic Team), Grace Reid (Swimming), Hayley Haining (Marathon), Elish McColgan (Steeplechase), Sarah Clark (Judo), Josh Taylor (Boxing), Daniel Wallace (Swimming), Eilidh Child (athletics), Liam Davies (Gymnastics), Richie Vernon (Rugby) and Sir Chris Hoy are all going for gold as they hope to find loving homes.

The mischievous seven-week-old pups have already won the hearts of the athletes with many of them showing their support by helping their namesakes find homes via social media. Commonwealth and Olympic medallist, Liz McColgan, even shared a picture of her daughter Elish’s puppy namesake on Twitter. Marathon runner Hayley Haining was smitten with little Hayley when she took a break from training to meet her in St George’s Square.

Haining, who will be competing in the women’s marathon, said: “I am thrilled to have a puppy named after me, it was lovely to meet all the pups and especially little Hayley. She has long legs and looks like she has the makings of a champion runner already.”

Sandra Lawton, Dogs Trust Glasgow rehoming centre manager, said: “They are such energetic and determined characters it was only fitting that we named them after our competitors. We are so delighted to have so much support from the athletes and we never imagined that Hayley would take time out of her busy preparations to come to help her puppy find a home.”

If you would like to offer a Commonwealth puppy team or any of the dogs cared for at Dogs Trust Glasgow a home, call the Rehoming Centre on 0141 773 5130 or visit the Dogs Trust website.