PHOTOS: Muddy dogs’ canine commando course in East Devon aids animals at Battersea

Hounds in their hundreds tackled the Muddy Dog Challenge canine commando course in East Devon in a bid to raise funds for rescue animals at Battersea.

More than 500 dogs and their owners on Saturday (October 29) raised around £58,000 for the rehoming and rehabilitation of animals taken in by the charity.

Pets and their people of all ages were presented with a rosette and Muddy Dog Challenge medal after completing obstacles at Escot Park, near Ottery St Mary – weaving in and out of the mutt maze, wriggling through the canine crawl, leaping over the hurdling hounds and splashing through a ball pit for pooches.

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Mud, sweat and cheers – dogs and their owners raised funds for Battersea.
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Owners could walk or run the course with their dogs.
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Dogs enjoyed splashing through the ball pool.
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Scores of dogs and owners tackled a series of challenges in aid of Battersea.
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Team Woofs and Wags.
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Lavinia, Karen and Misty.
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Jasmine Monk, Battersea spokeswoman, said the East Devon event raised a ‘fantastic amount’ for the care of thousands of cats and dogs helped by the charity.

She said: “I want to say thank you to all those who participated, volunteered, and cheered on their loved ones.

“Everyone helped make this a really special day and without everyone’s support, we simply wouldn’t be able to do it.”

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Hounds in their hundreds tackled the Muddy Dog Challenge in East Devon in a bid to raise funds for rescue animals at Battersea.
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Mud and water were among the obstacles on the day.
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Some 520 dogs took part in the canine commando course, leading their owners through the mud and obstacles.

Dog owner Grace Rose-Gale, who took part in the challenge with the Woofs and Wags team, with pets Barney, Harley, Hunter and three-year-old lurcher Wally, said: “Wally had so much fun jumping around in the mud with his furry friends. They especially loved splashing through the ball pit.

“Having worked at a local rescue centre and rehoming rescue dogs myself, taking part in the Muddy Dog Challenge and supporting Battersea in any way that I could was really important to me and I can’t recommend this event enough.”

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Lavinia, Karen and Misty.
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Battersea’s next and final Muddy Dog Challenge event for 2022 will be taking place in Windsor.

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