Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Maryanne Taouk

GE­ORGE Clooney is quite the skate­boarder. Not the ac­tor, but the two-year-old shet­land sheep­dog who shares his name.

Like his Hol­ly­wood name­sake, this dog has tal­ent, pick­ing up the “ex­treme” skill in un­der a month, with the help of owner Lisa Wright from Mar­rickville.

“We don’t com­pete, we do it be­cause we en­joy it, it’s fun and it builds our re­la­tion­ship,” she says.

Clooney’s skills in­clude glid­ing on the board, and hop­ping with his hind leg for ex­tra push. He can also jump on com­mand and en­joys weav­ing through legs and cones.

Wright has been train­ing Clooney since he was a pup, start­ing when he was just 10 weeks old.

“I used to train him dur­ing the ad breaks on TV, short and fun things at home, and now he’s ready to do more com­pli­cated tricks.”

Clooney will take part in the Muddy Paws char­ity walk be­fore carv­ing up the con­crete as one of the dog trick per­form­ers, rais­ing funds for an­i­mal foster care group Mag­gie’s Res­cue.

As the char­ity’s founder, Wright hopes the walk will be a fun day in the sun for pets, own­ers and an­i­mal lovers.

“You don’t need an an­i­mal to take part in the walk, we have a team who are walk­ing for their ‘couch dog’, (an an­i­mal too old to take part).”

Wright started Mag­gie’s Res­cue five years ago when she was work­ing as a so­cial jus­tice ad­vo­cate.

“I was help­ing peo­ple, but I wanted to help cats and dogs as well,” she says.

“It’s re­ally grown from there, and it’s be­cause of pas­sion and a bit of heart­break.”

Wright was left “rat­tled” by one of her first cases, a mis­treated dog who couldn’t be saved, which she named the char­ity af­ter.

Mag­gie’s Res­cue has a “nokill” pol­icy.

The Muddy Paws Walk is on Sun­day, Au­gust 28 start­ing at the Syd­ney Smoke Stack at 10.30am and fin­ish­ing at The Vic on the Park in Mar­rickville.

Funds raised go to vet bills and re­hom­ing of an­i­mals.

For more de­tails see mag­gies­res­

Pic­ture: Daniel Aarons

Lisa Wright with her tal­ented pup Ge­orge Clooney

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