I’m really saddened to hear about the death of Wendy Richard. Not only was she a well loved actress but she was also passionate about dogs and promoting their welfare.
Her character in EastEnders was well known for her love of Betty the Cairn Terrier and we were privileged to see this love extended off-set for her own dog – also a Cairn Terrier. We suspect that Wendy was very closely involved with the casting of Betty.
Wendy regularly helped to draw the crowds to our stands at Discover Dogs and Crufts as she always stopped by for an update and to help promote our work. Last year the team at our West London Centre had a wonderful day with Wendy and her husband John when they bought their dog Shirley to the Centre for a one-to-one training session with the behaviour expert.
Wendy was a long term supporter of Dogs Trust and her involvement with the charity will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with John and her friends and family.
Friday, 27 February 2009
Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust Chief Executive, has made this statement on her blog about the sad passing of Wendy Richard.