Cataluna Nickle ‘N’ Dime
D.O.B. 27th February 2000
KC Registration Number: AA01396602
Stud Book No: 1181CR
Sire: Sh Ch Cataluna Gee Whiz
Dam: Cataluna Santa Clotilde
Breeders: Mrs R. E. A. Rose-Hay
Owner: Father J. A. Gaul
Cataluna Nickle ‘N’ Dime, Rusty to his friends, took his place in the Veteran class at Crufts 2012, but things were almost very different.
At the end of 2011, whilst out walking with his owner, Rusty and Father John were attacked by another dog. Severe wounds were inflicted on Rusty and Father John was hospitalised for six days because of his injuries. Despite their significant injuries they set their recovery goal as Crufts 2012.
Rusty had never missed Crufts since he first qualified as a puppy and his owner Father John Gaul, was determined that he wouldn’t miss Crufts 2012 either. This they achieved with distinction. Rusty, although still showing evidence of his ordeal, performed like a trouper, smiling all the way round the ring, enjoying his ‘moment’. It was so fantastic to see this after the dreadful injuries he’d sustained and also when realising that aged 12 years, it was his final moment in the Crufts ring. Seeing these two brought a tear to many an eye that day. For many it was Rusty who was really the Crufts Best In Show winner.
The lovely thing about the whole affair is that Rusty has not changed one bit, he’s just as friendly and happy with other dogs, which is really tremendous and a testament to his personality and breeding. Truly a star!