A ROSYTH pet food firm took on the role of Santa and delivered Christmas for rescued gun dogs.

Bella & Duke develops raw food for pets, having been founded in 2016 by Mark Scott and Tony Ottley following the premature deaths of their own dogs, who were diagnosed with cancer before the age of 10.

The company moved to West Fife earlier this year following the development of their manufacturing plant in Inverkeithing and new headquarters in Rosyth.

This saw their staff numbers grow from 20 to 145 over the course of a few months, and their ability to offer more for their customers increase even more.

Their success has given them the ability to give back, including a recent gift of 2,000 Christmas meals to Perthshire Gundog Rescue SCIO to help feed the rescue gundogs and gundog breeds.

Mark Scott, co-founder of Bella & Duke, said: "We are so pleased to be able to support this wonderful charity, the work they do makes such a difference to the dogs they are helping, and we hope our gift will help ensure the dogs they care for enjoy a Christmas meal.

"At Bella & Duke, we believe passionately in the positive impact dogs make to people’s lives and the lives of our communities.

"We recognise our pets are with us through thick and thin and ask for little in return so we really admire the work of Perthshire Gundog Rescue SCIO, ensuring we are doing right by our four-legged friends."

Perthshire Gundog Rescue works with, and rehomes, rescue dogs according to their individual needs. This could be a pet training to become an active working gundog or a dog who has possibly failed as a gundog and needs to be rehomed into a suitable home.

Bella & Duke offers a subscription service and started life in Blairgowrie, and then Perth, before moving to Rosyth to be closer to courier companies.

Their goal is to change people's understanding of pet food, saying that current outlooks create a "false economy" when opting for cheaper alternatives.

Carol Begg, founder and rescue co-ordinator of Perthshire Gundog Rescue SCIO, said: "Here at Perthshire Gundog Rescue SCIO, we work with a lot of troubled dogs and we help turn their lives around so they can go on to live a happy and loved life.

"A healthy diet is just one, but extremely important, part, to help us provide a lifeline to the dogs we care for.

"We’re really grateful Bella & Duke are able to support us with this gift, which will help us be able to provide the continued support the dogs we care for need."

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