The Olympics may have come to an end but some dogs are still eager to show off their athletic skills. All over the world dogs have been taking part in their very own Doglympics, to win medals and raise funds for small UK based charity, Terrier SOS, which rescues and rehomes dogs in need.
Pet owners can get involved by taking photos of their dog participating in each of the five events, representing the five Olympic rings, and posting them to the fundraising Facebook page.
The events are as follows:
Event 1 : ‘Dogathlon’ – featuring dognastics, highest frisbee jump, extreme tug-of-war, synchronised sit and the beach volley-tennis ball
Event 2 : ‘Virtual Torch relay around the world’ – taking a photo of your dog with something unique to your country
Event 3 : ‘Treshurlympics hunt’ – with a sporting theme (with have a list of 10 items for people to find and photograph their dog with) ie: a sand pit, a horse, a beam, a boat
Event 4 : Borleeelympics – finding as many lost and lonely balls (borlees) as possible, as many balls from different sports
Event 5 : Donate to Terrier SOS
British dogs are currently in the lead but the team from the USA are hot on their paws. Other teams include New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Holland, Spain and Korea. Organisers have also created a a Paralympics event.
Representing Devon is Waffle, the Lakeland Terrier, who’s attempting gold in all five events. Devon’s talent for finding lost balls and has lead to her being featured in national papers and on the BBC One show and ITV Aled Jones show, with her ball collection. You can show your support for Waffle and Team GB on their Facebook page Waffle & Barley’s Fundraising Group at Borlee HQ.
Sarah Bennett, event organiser and owner of Waffle, said, “Our World Wide Doglympics has really taken off! We have dogs from over 30 countries taking part! This is the third year running we have organised a fundraiser to help raise money for Terrier SOS. We started the fundraiser on August 13th and expect it to run until at least the end of September.”
Main photo: Tommy, UK. Dognastics