Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Guest post: dachshund races for Battersea Dogs Home

After being inspired by this summer's Dachshund Olympics we knew we had to do something to continue the legacy. 

After much deliberation my dachshund Flea and I decided to run the Brighton Marathon in aid of the Battersea dogs and cats home

With Flea barking at the helm as head coach, we discussed the best course of action to get ready for the big day on Sunday. 

Flea's strategy was simple; she would play both good cop and bad cop. We knew this winter would play a big part in our training regime and somebody had to take the lead. Some mornings Flea would opt for the affectionate lick technique to get me up, whilst other days consisted of being panicked into action by her internal marathon alarm. I knew this wasn't going to be easy, but being bossed into action by your Dachshund, who’s ever heard of that before?

It’s not that I’m new to running; in fact I ran the London marathon last year.  Its just this year we supported a cause very close to our hearts. As the founder of the City Paws Club I was shocked and saddened to hear that on average 7 lost, unwanted or abused dogs arrive everyday at the Battersea centre. 

The good news is, through their hard work, commitment and dedication Batter
sea Dogs & Cats Home are able to re-home as many as 14 dogs per day across their 3 sites. All of this is only made possible through the generosity of supporters like you.

Matt and Flea ran the Brighton Marathon successfully on Sunday and have so far raised over £350

Its not too late to continue helping them raise money for such a good cause - just visit

Matt is a dog walker from Fulham and is owned by gorgeous Flea the dachshund.

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