Nicola Owst: Author of number one best-selling book; ‘Saving Buddy’, a story of how her rescue dog saved her, will be visiting the STACK’s ‘Woofgang’ event in Newcastle this month.

Nicola’s story of how she rescued her Staffordshire bull terrier was fate, as when driving to pick up a horse in 2009 she found the dog abandoned on some waste land, which was full of rubbish and old machinery. Since then, Nicola has made it her mission to tell everyone how her rescue dog actually rescued her, and use her story to dismiss the stereotype surrounding the breed.

Nine years ago, at the age of one, Buddy had been left abandoned in a field. The poor pup had been left to fend for himself and was literally on deaths door when Nicola spotted him. After taking him to the vets to be checked over, Nicola discovered he had Demodectic Mange caused by the Demodex mites. As well as this, his paw pads were burnt away, due to being left soaking in his own urine. Nicola decided to rescue him there and then and took him home.

Despite saving Buddy, she now tells of how having him has changed her life for the better. In her best-selling book ‘Saving Buddy’ Nicola talks about how she had a difficult upbringing, a bad previous relationship and has suffered a series of miscarriages. In her own words, Nicola tells the story of how Buddy helped her to deal with her past experiences and get her life back on track by keeping her focused, and supporting her in her day to day life.

Mother-of-one, Nicola and husband Jon are now awaiting the arrival of baby number two, and although this pregnancy has come along with its own set of problems, as Nicola suffers ‘Joint Hypermobility Syndrome’, putting her at an increased risk of premature birth, rapid labour, problems with anaesthesia, possible heart problems as well as unstable joints and poor healing, she remains positive with Buddy by her side.

Nicola told us: “Dealing with my condition and just life in general is easier with Buddy by my side. Thanks to his loving and caring presence, he is aware when I am having a bad day and will refuse to go on walks to stay by my side. Buddy doesn’t just help me, he is the centre of our entire family, not to mention, our two-year-old, Toby’s best friend.”

Nicola and Buddy will be attending this months ‘Woofgang’ event held at STACK Newcastle on Sunday 22nd of September between 12pm-4pm. An event which gives everyone a chance to ‘show off’ their dogs and socialise with other like-minded dog lovers. There’s stacks to get involved in including; a selfie station and dog show, with plenty of prizes to be won.

Nicola concluded: “I’m really looking forward to coming to STACK’s Woofgang event and meeting everyone.  I’d like to thank the Danieli Holdings team for their warm welcome and asking me to visit STACK.  I’ve never visited Newcastle before, so this is a first for both me and Buddy.  We’ve heard so many good things about the Woofgang day at STACK, so it’ll be great to see everyone.  We will be available for Buddy selfies, book signings and lots of cuddles, as I understand that the North East is a region of real dog lovers.”