Dog Olympics hailed a success at Cambridgeshire event
Following on from Team GB’s successes at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, animal lovers in Cambridge decided it was time to put a raft of four-legged competitors through their paces.
The result has been Milton Country Park’s Dogolympics, which organisers are pleased to report has been a resounding success – despite the soggy conditions.
Set up by local representatives of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, the sporting spectacle, which took place at the weekend, was put on in an attempt to raise funds for hearing dogs.
Thousands of people turned out for the event, according to cambridge-news.co.uk, to watch dozens of hounds who came from all over the country to perform tricks, stunts and feats of endurance second only to their Olympic counterparts.
Once released from their dog crates, spectators witnessed the canines produce some particularly amazing tasks as part of the 10-discipline decathlon – including jumps and tunnel runs.
Other competitive events, according to hearingdogs.co.uk included the ‘cleverest canine’ and ‘best biscuit catcher’.
Local charity co-coordinator and organiser, Jenny Parker, said of the event: “The minute the event started the heavens opened but despite the rain the turnout was marvellous.
“The whole aim of the dog show and the decathlon is to enable dogs and their owners to let off some steam and have some fun, but obviously it’s all about promoting our charity too.”
She jovially added that the dog decathlon was a particularly fun event as if the dogs couldn’t complete any of the disciplines then their owners had to take their place.