Doggy paddle time at canine swimathon

Hydro-therpist Joanne Davis with 'Lucy' taking part in a charity swimathon at Mypetstop, Fallingsby Lane, Boldon on Friday
Hydro-therpist Joanne Davis with 'Lucy' taking part in a charity swimathon at Mypetstop, Fallingsby Lane, Boldon on Friday
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DOGS made a splash for charity at a Wearside pet centre.

Pet pooches got their paws wet in a fun swimathon at mypetstop in Washington.

Hydrotherapist Joanne Davis put pets through their paces in the fully-equipped pool, where dogs can jump and swim to keep fit.

The team at mypetstop in Follingsby Lane welcomed more than 45 dogs to the event.

Owners were asked to make a donation of about £10 per dog, which will be handed over to an animal charity in County Durham.

The team is looking to raise more than £550 for Stray Aid Rescue centre based in Coxhoe.
 Mark Brown, manager at the centre, said: “We thought it would be a great challenge to get as many dogs as possible doing the doggy paddle and a perfect opportunity to fundraise for our charity partner. 
 “Our customers are fantastic at getting behind our initiatives.”
Sue Bieby from Stray Aid said “we are delighted mypetstop choose us to support this year”.

As well as being fun, swimming is a great, low-impact exercise for dogs. Not only does it increase flexibility, it also builds strength and can help them lose weight.