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Rescue pup named Rio by Olympic champion

Field hockey player Sam Quek, MBE, won an Olympic Gold medal in Rio; when she had a chance to pick a name for an adorable 15-week-old Bernese Mountain Dog at Dogs Trust Merseyside rehoming centre, of course 'Rio' was her first choice.

Rio has already proved herself to be a little champion: bred in Poland and imported illegally, she survived a grueling 1,000 miles journey along with other smuggled pups. Luckily, she was intercepted and taken into quarantine. She is now in the care of Dogs Trust, and the charity is looking to find her a loving home.

Sam, who was recently awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List 2017 for services to hockey, said, “I really enjoyed visiting Dogs Trust and meeting lots of the dogs looking for homes, and the dedicated team who look after them. I was delighted to be asked to name one of the puppies they are currently looking for a home for, who is now known as Rio, and hope she’s able to find her forever home soon.”

Jake Flatman, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Merseyside, said, “It was brilliant to meet Sam. Having watched the incredible Olympic final it was great to welcome her here and introduce her to some of our lovely dogs. Our Bernese Mountain pup definitely suits the name Rio and when she heads off to her forever home she’s bound to be a great success!”

Here's hoping that with her new, lucky name, this golden girl will be able to win herself the perfect home.

Image by Peter Kelly.