Video and photo gallery: Meet Ruby - Lowestoft’s version of Britain’s Got Talent’s Ashleigh and Pudsey
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Forget Strictly... a new star is wowing audiences with her fancy moves.
But having two left feet is no barrier for this little groover, as she is more woof woof woof than cha cha cha.
Wearing a pink ballet leotard and tu-tu, Ruby the rescue dog is helping to repay the kindness of the charity that saved her by showing off her doggy dancing talents in return for donations.
The tiny terrier-cross was found abandoned in a field and taken to Meadowgreen Rescue Centre near Loddon, from where she was rehomed by Sandra Sexton from Denmark Road, Lowestoft.
Ms Sexton, who has a further two dogs named Trippit and Amber, said Ruby was very timid when she first came to live with her so she was surprised when she stood on her hind legs one day and began to dance.
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She said: 'I was manning a stall at Henham Steam Rally and someone gave Ruby a dress to wear. I put the dress on her and she started walking on her back legs and dancing at every opportunity. The more people made a fuss of her the more she did it.
'When I first got her she was so submissive. The moment you went to touch her she would lay flat on the floor.
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'Now she has got her spirit back in more ways than one.'
Ms Sexton's grandchildren Alisha Giles, 12, and her brother Rhys, nine, have created a 2014 calendar featuring rescue dogs, including Ruby, Trippit and Amber, to sell to raise funds for Meadowgreen.
Ruby dances at public events to help promote the calendar and encourage further donations, and she is also available to perform at private functions in exchange for a contribution to Meadowgreen.
She has very few diva demands apart from a regular supply of sausage, which her owner carries at all times.
Ms Sexton, 57, said: 'Ruby was found wandering about in a field with another dog. She wasn't house-trained and was a total pain when I got her before Christmas.
'She jumped on the dining table on Boxing Day, ran the length of it and stole a sausage.
'She was used to scavenging for food so she seized every opportunity she could to grab a meal. She is well fed now, but she would still steal a sausage if she got the chance.'
Ms Sexton said she felt dancing was Ruby's way of saying 'thank you' to Meadowgreen.
'Ruby liked it so much at Meadowgreen that I had to carry her out kicking and screaming,' she said.
'It was the first place she had been treated kindly and she didn't want to leave.'
In a bid to raise funds, Ms Sexton and her friend Sharon Parker, from Oulton Broad, are organising a variety show at Waterside Holiday Village in Corton on December 7 in aid of Meadowgreen.
They are appealing for performers, including singers, dancers and a dog act, to take part and also need people with a chaperone licence to help out backstage. Ruby will be wearing a new, sparkly, made-to-measure outfit to meet and greet guests and may give an impromptu performance. People will also have the chance to have their photograph taken with Ruby in exchange for a £1 donation to Meadow Green. Tickets for the show cost £5.
To take part in the variety show, ring Sharon Parker on 07883 937950 or Sandra Sexton on 01502 569756. To book Ruby to appear at dance, ring Ms Sexton.
The rescue dog calendars are on sale at selected veterinary surgeries, pet shops and other stores throughout Waveney at £2.50 each.