Owner and ‘ bionic’ dog take on home’s ca­nine chal­lenge

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Rolo was obese when he was res­cued by Alyson Tay­lor- Gray.

He ar­rived at Alyson’s home weigh­ing 50kg, a third over his ideal weight.

Rolo was di­ag­nosed with hip dys­pla­sia by a vet and has since been fit­ted with ti­ta­nium hip bones to help him live a nor­mal life. He has now fully re­cov­ered from his vi­tal op­er­a­tion and is back to a healthy weight.

Rolo and Alyson were re­cently due to take part in Bat­tersea’s Muddy Dog Chal­lenge, the UK’s first ob­sta­cle course where run­ners can tackle a 2.5km or 5km chal­lenge along­side their ca­nine.

The event, at Hever Cas­tle in Kent on Satur­day, raised money for the thou­sands of home­less dogs and cats who ar­rive at the an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity ev­ery year.

Alyson, who works for Lon­don Un­der­ground, said: “The trans­for­ma­tion Rolo has made in the last year is in­cred­i­ble.

“The vets couldn’t be­lieve he could still walk when I first took him in be­cause his hip dys­pla­sia was aw­ful. He has come a long way since then.

“I was lucky enough to re­home Rolo and we now want to give some- thing back to all of the dogs and cats at Bat­tersea who are in des­per­ate need of a home.”

The pair joined more than 700 hu­man par­tic­i­pants and their four- legged friends as they took on 18 ob­sta­cles in the Muddy Dog Chal­lenge, sup­ported by LV=.

Emma Lovesey, pub­lic events man­ager at Bat­tersea Dogs & Cats Home, said: “Rolo is an ex­cep­tional par­tic­i­pant.

“We’re so grate­ful for the money raised by Alyson, Rolo and the rest of the en­trants. It will go a long way in help­ing the thou­sands of vul­ner­a­ble an­i­mals that are bought into Bat­tersea ev­ery year.”

To reg­is­ter your in­ter­est for the Muddy Dog Chal­lenge in 2018, visit www. bat­tersea. org. uk/ sup­port- us/ chal­lenges. four- legged

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