Rescue dog Kai set for Xmas

Kai, sitting pretty and getting in the festive spirit with new owner, Ian Russell of Newton Mearns. Picture: Daily Record and Alasdair MacLeod
Kai, sitting pretty and getting in the festive spirit with new owner, Ian Russell of Newton Mearns. Picture: Daily Record and Alasdair MacLeod

An abandoned dog left tied to railings at Ayr railway station with a suitcase of belongings is counting the days until the first Christmas in his Newton Mearns home.

Kai, a loveable shar pei cross, is all set for his very first Christmas at his new abode.

After the story broke, the Scottish SPCA were inundated with offers to rehome him from as far afield as New York, Los Angeles and the Philippines.

Kai was adopted by engineer Ian Russell in March and now spends his days lazing on the couch or chasing squirrels in the woods around his Newton Mearns home.

Ian (52)said: “Kai has been with me for nearly a year and he has really made himself at home.

“He is a lovely boy and has settled right in. He loves going racing through the woods and chasing squirrels.

“He gets a bit upset if he is left alone so he comes everywhere with me, from work to the pub. Kai has come along great and has mastered how to sit on command, give a paw and a high five – but he isn’t too keen on rolling over unless it’s for a biscuit.

“He really is part of the family. My Dalmatian, Mica, passed away just before Christmas and I was left heartbroken.

“Then when I heard about Kai I volunteered to give him a home and I hadn’t even seen him. Sadly there are people who still give puppies for Christmas and I urge anyone to really think about it – they are a lot of hard work.”