He was a fighting-dog who suffered brutal beatings, had his ears and tail severed and was left for dead on the streets of Afghanistan.
Now though the four year old mongrel named Wylie only has to worry about the other crossbreeds he has to beat at Crufts.
Rescued from his ordeal in Kandahar by British soldiers, he has gotten through to the final qualification round of the dog show and rather fittingly, it’ll be held on Remembrance weekend in central London.
Whether he wins ‘Scruffts’ or not, he has already won a new life in the UK.
Owner Sarah Singleton says, ‘It is an extraordinary life and journey.’
A journey and saved life made possible by former Marine Commando Pen Farthing and his charity that rescues dogs befriended by servicemen and aid workers in Afghanistan before reuniting them back home.
Charity Nowzad, based on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul, has to date sent more than 550 dogs to new lives.
Wylie’s story starts in 2011 when a convoy of British soldiers on patrol in Kandahar had gone to his aid in February 2011 when a crowd watching a dog-fight were beating Wylie with lumps of wood. They took him back to base where he was patched up by an Australian woman soldier. They feared he wouldn’t last the night.
Amazingly, he did but just days later he was back after dog-fighters had hacked off his ears, before cutting his muzzle open.
Patched up again, he only returned again with new injuries that included a stab wound to the chest and a severed tail.
Nowzad has launched an urgent appeal to help fund a new clinic in Kabul after being forced to leave its present secure premises.
To donate visit : www.justgiving.com/NowzadClinicAppeal.