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Highland pup Bramble is leader of Crufts pack

By Tom Ramage

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A BRAVE little pup who so nearly didn’t make it into the world at Boat of Garten 20 months ago is now helping to save the lives of others as a medical assistance dog.

As millions watched on TV the brave little cocker spaniel led the way at Crufts on Sunday when the remarkable work of the charity was demonstrated.

“We’re so proud of him!” said his breeder Carley Timms, as she patted Bramble’s mum Bella.

“I bred a litter of two girls and one boy on June 14, 2018 in order to donate one of them to Medical Detection Dogs. I gave them the pick of the litter.

“The charity are absolutely fantastic. Our little pup went to them at eight weeks old. They have a no kennel policy, so the puppies and dogs live with foster families, they continue to live with their families if they go down

the bio-detection route.

“If they become assistance dogs they go to live with the person needing life-saving alerts. It just amazes me

how accurate their alerts are. The bio-detection dogs are sniffing out diseases such as malaria, different types of cancers, neurological diseases, and different bacterias. The accuracy rate from the dogs at detecting prostate cancers is unbelievable.”

Bella was with Carley’s parents when she gave birth – Carley was in Glasgow on a training course – but Bramble wasn’t breathing.

“They had to resuscitate him quite vigorously and saved his life, and now he will be moving on to save the lives of others!

“I was hoping to attend to watch him in action, but with Flybe going into administration and the coronavirus fear, I had to wave to him on the telly.

My dad keeps saying ‘I told you he’d be a top dog!’ and he was right.

The two other puppies from the litter now live locally with “fantastic families”.

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