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Tough pupper

Battersea's Muddy Dog challenge, sponsored by insurer LV=, takes place on Saturday 7 May and will see 450 dog lovers and  358 four-legged athletes tough it out on a 5km obstacle course in Brockwell Park, London.

Entrants will have to wade through muddy trenches, balance beams and crawl through mud, all whilst raising money for lost, unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats. Some are coming as far afield at Tyne and Wear and organisers expect to see a mix of breeds including Cavapoos, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Rhodesian Ridgebacks. But who will be first to the finish?

Liz Mcwalter who is entering with her West Highland Terrier Charlie Pig says, "So far our training has been laid back as neither of us are born athletes, but as long as a tennis ball is around to bribe Charlie Pig we should do OK and I know lots of people are hoping to see us both get very muddy."

Ali Jinnah, Events Manager at Battersea says, “We’ve had a brilliant response from pet owners wanting to get involved, all the money raised at Muddy Dog will go straight towards helping the 8,000 dogs and cats that come through Battersea’s door each year. Battersea isn’t funded by the government, so we are wholly reliant on donations from the general public and we are so grateful for the support we get. I can’t wait to see all the dogs enjoying themselves out on the course on the day getting as muddy as possible. The event is next weekend so dog lovers still have time to register and get involved. We look forward to seeing everyone there on the day.”

Think you can handle it? To register for the event go to http://www.battersea.org.uk/muddydog.