Saving Wyn: the youngest rescue
on the set of Saving Dinah
Sir Wynston Churchill was just a few days old when he was dropped off at a vet clinic.
Though he was a plump little guy, he weighed only 200 grams, and was too young to be separated from his mother.
His eyes were still closed and the scab from his umbilical cord had yet to heal. But, most worrisome of all, the days-old puppy was bleeding.
He had lost a toe and the tip of an ear, and had open wounds on two of his legs and his belly. The vet cleaned his wounds and bandaged the worst of them, then put out an urgent plea to foster homes to take the orphaned puppy.
Fortunately, Project Jessie, Animal Alliance’s rescue network, stepped up and took Wyn a few hours later.
Andrea and Tom Harrison, Sally’s humans, decided to foster Wyn. Yet, Andrea and Sally were in the middle of shooting Saving Dinah. Because Wyn needed to be bottle fed every couple of hours both day and night, as he had not yet been weaned, he could not be left alone. The only thing to do was to bring Wyn to the set.
Not only was he a big hit with the cast and crew, but the director saw Wyn’s performance potential, and quickly cast him as an orphan puppy in the film.
There is no way to know what horrors befell Wyn before he was turned over to the vet, but we are grateful that somebody tried to help him get the help he needed and the vet was willing to provide that help.
Why was he given the name Sir Wynston Churchill? Tom, Wyn’s foster dad, decided that the little guy, who had gone through so much in his short life, needed a big name. Because Winston Churchill had often spoken about survival during his tenure as Britain’s Prime Minister, he seemed the fitting person to name Wyn after.
Yet, foster mom, Andrea, wanted the Welsh spelling of the first syllable of Wynston because in Welsh, Wyn means white. Though little Wyn is a mostly black puppy, he is full of innocence and purity. What better way to honour those traits than to name him Wynston and give his name a spelling that truly reflects who he is.