Dogs Might Fly canine contestant from Welham Green makes TV debut

PUBLISHED: 17:06 11 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:06 11 March 2016

Wilf making his television debut

Wilf making his television debut

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A rescue dog from Welham Green is appearing on Sky 1's Dogs Might Fly tonight.

Wilf when he lived at Glendee Rescue CentreWilf when he lived at Glendee Rescue Centre

Wilf, a border collie, will be making his star debut at 8pm tonight on Sky1, as one of 12 rescue dogs selected to be in the programme.

Dogs Might Fly, which premiered on Sunday, February 28, studies the 12 celebrity canines over a ten week training period in a Sussex mansion, and then chooses a few to learn how to fly a single-engine aircraft.

By putting the puppy pilots through their paces, testing their communication, empathy, memory and reasoning skills, scientists hope to answer the question: can dogs fly?

Before breaking into show business, Wilf lived at Glendee Rescue Centre in Dixons Hill Close, Welham Green. He was rescued around March last year after the centre found him being given away for free on online selling group Gum Tree.

Georgina Armstrong with rescue dog SidGeorgina Armstrong with rescue dog Sid

Georgina Armstrong, who owns and runs Glendee Rescue Centre, said: “Wilf’s really intelligent. He’s sociable and bright.

“I was approached by the TV show in about April. They were contacting local rescues throughout the UK.

“They just said ‘Do you have a suitable dog?’

“We were thrilled when he was selected, he had a wonderful trainer take care of him during his time filming and we were lucky enough to find him a home before the show ended.

Wilf in the first episode of Dogs Might Fly   Picture: Anna Williams - Sky EntertainmentWilf in the first episode of Dogs Might Fly Picture: Anna Williams - Sky Entertainment

“He has moved to a home in the West Country with a lovely family where he has the most wonderful outdoor life and a great home to live in.”

Glendee Rescue Centre has been running for just over three years, and takes dogs from local pounds after they have been abandoned by their owners.

The centre usually has between seven and 12 dogs in kennels and foster homes, but is currently struggling to find them permanent homes.

Ms Armstrong said: “Some have particular needs as in perhaps they can’t live with young children or they can’t be left all day if you go to work but we match them to the right home so both the home and the dog have a great happy life together.”

Dogs Might Fly is on tonight at 8pm on Sky1.

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