Claire-Louise Nixon, 48, takes in injured dogs, many of whom are paralysed, have been abused or have lost limbs from mines and explosives in war zones. She is regularly told by vets that there is no chance whatsoever of getting them walking again, but continues to shock professionals by working ‘miracles’.

All 27 dogs are named after famous people, with Claire selecting them based on each dog’s unique personality and experience. One pup rescued from Romania is called Sir Elton John after he was ran over and left on the road to die, leaving him with a broken spine.

Thanks to Claire, he can now go on small walks and was named after the British musician because of his song I’m Still Standing. Another street dog called Sherlock Holmes gained his name due to his intelligence and curiosity after being shot by a security guard in Oman.

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