GEORGE CLOONEY RIDES AGAIN
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 maggiesrescue.org
Lisa Wright with her talented pup George Clooney