Fortunate Fred goes from operating table to Crufts

Louis Kirkham and his dog Fred who is competing in Crufts next year. 766C
Louis Kirkham and his dog Fred who is competing in Crufts next year. 766C
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A remarkable Jack Russell-cross will be competing at Crufts in the New Year.

Five-year-old Fred, a Jack Russell crossed with a spaniel, will be competing in the dog agility section despite previously having being booked in for an operation to have a leg amputated.

Fred was found to have a tumour in his leg which became infected. Following an MRI scan and other treatments, Fred’s owner, Beverley Kirkham, took Fred to Dovecote Veterinary Hospital in Castle Donington.

Beverley of Little Ponton said: “We walked in expecting Fred to have his leg removed but the vet decided to double-check everything and found one small part of the bone that was still solid.

“He took two-thirds of the bone out and since then it has all regenerated and re-grown.

“We’re so lucky to have had such a really good vet who wanted to check everything.”

Fred still had more hurdles to jump over before earning his spot at Crufts as he fractured the same leg not long after the operation.

Beverley said: “We were told to treat him as we always treat him and let him get used to the leg, so that’s what we did.

“We even re-started his agility training and he won the British Agility Association’s British Open. Then he went to Newark and won so qualified for Crufts.

“ It’s amazing. He’s lucky to be alive, never mind have four legs and be going to Crufts.”

Fred was picked from his litter by Beverley’s son, Louis, 14, who has trained him in dog agility since he was a puppy.

Beverley said: “Louis has trained him literally from walking.

“He’s a bit nervous about Crufts because it’s such a big thing but he’s really looking forward to it.”

Crufts will be held March 7 -10 at the NEC, Birmingham.