Kai the shar-pei inspires Ian to run the London Marathon for the second time

Kai the shar-pei was rescued by the Scottish SPCA after being abandoned at a train station and has once again inspired his owner to run the London Marathon in aid of the charity.

ian and kaiKai touched the hearts of millions after he was abandoned at Ayr train station with a suitcase full of his belongings in January 2015.

The shar-pei was given a new home by Ian Russell, 54, from Newtonmearns, (on 3 February 2015) and two years on is helping his owner train for the gruelling marathon on Sunday.

Ian said, “Raising funds for the Scottish SPCA is what it’s all about. I was lucky enough to rehome Kai and really want to give something back.

“I hand in food and bits and bobs for the animals and last year I decided to do more for the charity.

“Kai loves coming out running with me when I train and it’s a piece of cake to him as he’s so young and fit.

“This will be my fourth marathon as I did one when I was in my twenties and one in my thirties, with this being my second time running in London for the Scottish SPCA. I’m really looking forward to the run this year as the atmosphere was so amazing in the city last year.

“I’m in my fifties now so training has been more difficult, especially as I’ve had some bother with my ankles, but I’m not chasing a brilliant time, I just want to complete it one way or another and support the Scottish SPCA.

“I’m really looking forward to running through London and hopefully the great views will take my mind off the pain.”

Ian also spoke of life since rehoming Kai, saying, “He comes to work with me every day and has a wee face he pulls if he thinks I’m going out without him.

“I’ve always said that it was fate that I was given the opportunity to rehome Kai, although if I hadn’t rehomed him I would definitely have rehomed one of the other dogs in the Society’s care.

“Kai is such a gentle dog and is great with everyone, including children. When we’re in the park he usually ends up getting chased by much smaller dogs though as he’s just so placid!”

Superintendent Sharon Comrie said, “We’re so excited to have Ian representing us at the London Marathon.

“It’s fantastic that he’s decided to take on this huge challenge for us once again and we wish him the best of luck on Sunday.

“Anyone can see that Ian and Kai have a very special bond and we’re delighted this amazing dog has found the true happiness he deserves.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Ian can visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ian-Russell17 or text KAIX99 followed by their desired amount £1/£3/£5/£10 to 70070


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