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