Queen of the Iceni tribe Boudicca held command from her chariot - and now a disabled English Bull Terrier could follow in the footsteps of her namesake.
Dog re-homing centre BedsforBullies Rescue is appealing for equipment which will improve the mobility of the two-year-old dog, who suffers from a congenital disorder.
She has the use of her two hind legs but her front left was removed and the other is deformed.
Liz Haslam, who runs the Barnham-based centre, said: “I want something that’s going to make her mobility a lot easier if it’s front wheels or what they call a quad cart - either of those two would be ideal.
“If anyone can think of something that would be great.
“She’s got use of the back legs and the front right leg but it’s very difficult and she kind of hops along.
“I’ve got other English Bull Terriers and she loves to be with them.
“Unfortunatley when we go for walks I have to leave her behind.”
Boudicca came to the rehoming centre in July and is only predicted to live for another two years due to her disorder.
She has been seen by renowned vet Noel Fitzpatrick.
Mrs Haslam wants to make the time she has left as comfortable as possible.
She notes the irony of Boudica’s name that ‘she may well end up in a chariot’.
Mrs Haslam adds: “She wasn’t named for that reason, she was named for being for being quite a fighter and getting on with life.”
After working for other rescues and charities for numerous year, she launched BedsforBullies after receiving an English Bull Terrier Dot, who had been used as bait in dog fighting.
She explains: “I thought someone needs to look after them and rehome them correctly. That’s why I became so heavily involved in what I do.”
The centre deals predominantly with English Bull Terriers.
She thinks Bull Terriers are ‘a very misunderstood breed’ due to those who use them as a ‘status symbol’.
Mrs Haslam said: “They were known as the nanny dog because they’re actually very good with children.
Anyone who can help Boudicca should contact Mrs Haslam via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07817501012.