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Wimbledogs: Battersea’s tennis pooch pros show off their ball skills
04 July 2013

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s very own Andy Mutt-ay and Paw-ra Robson have taken Centre Court at the animal charity’s Old Windsor centre to give Wimbledon’s tennis champions a few tips for the final matches.

A furry team of ball boys and girls at Battersea’s Berkshire base ducked, dived and soared through the air, displaying the same dogged-determination as the world’s top tennis players, to show their support for dog-lover Andy Murray ahead of the knock-out semi-final against Jerzy Janowicz on Friday 5 July.

FURRY FINESE: Rescued English Bull Terrier Roxy showed the grace and finesse of Roger Federer at the Berkshire rescue centre which cares for on average 126 dogs and 46 cats at any one time.

CATCH: Former Battersea resident Frank, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, showed his support for his favourite British player Andy Murray with cool, collected contact with the ball.

BALL-MAD: One year old Staffie Rosie, who has been waiting for a home for 104 days - almost three times the average 35-day stay for a dog at the centre - showed nothing will come between her and the ball just like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s impressive dive.

BRITISH SWEETHEART: Staff and volunteers at the Old Windsor centre are as in love with four year old English Springer Spaniel Shyloh as Britain is with golden girl Laura Robson.


LUNGE: Homeless one year old mongrel Buddy, who arrived as a stray – just like 45 per cent of all dogs who come into the animal charity’s care - loves the impossible reach of Novak Djokovic and showed no distance is too great.


CLASS ACT: Six year old Arnie is looking for a home where he can show off his world-class ball skills which strike a startling resemblance to Serena Williams’s powerful style, but he’s a big softie at heart.

Kaye Mughal, Battersea Old Windsor’s Centre Manager, said: “While Murray is warming up for his big match on Friday, Battersea dogs are limbering up for the charity’s annual Fun Day this Saturday, when they will be competing against each other in 11 different dog classes. But the furry residents are very excited about seeing Murray on Centre Court tomorrow and hope he will make the nation proud by chasing those balls with the same enthusiasm and determination as they do. Battersea aims to take in any dog looking for a second chance, and it’s our hard-working volunteers and staff who give the energetic dogs a chance to enjoy a throw around with a tennis ball while they wait for a new home. Dog-loving families and their canine companions are welcome to join us at the annual Fun Day and see some of adorable hounds looking for a home. ”

The annual Fun Day, now in its 10th year, will include dazzling dog displays and entertainment for all the family from 10.30am to 4.30pm.The free event, sponsored by animal microchipping company Petlog, raises vital funds for Battersea, which receives no government funding towards the running of the Home. Furry show-stoppers will be judged by special guest and West End actress Carley Stenson, who starred as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical and Steph Cunningham in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.

The dog events include Dog that looks most like owner, Best fancy dress, and Golden Oldie. There will also be a special stand at the Fun Day promoting Battersea’s Staffies They’re Softer than you Think campaign, which aims to highlight the kind and loving nature of Staffordshire Bull Terriers.


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