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Canine athletes get stuck in at Olympup Games

By Ann W Schmidt

Published 20/08/2016

Millie and Mavis take part in the synchronised diving
Millie and Mavis take part in the synchronised diving
Boo competes in the long jump competition
Dogs taking on the high jump

Let the Olympup Games begin! Northern Ireland rescue dogs competed in the first canine Olympic games to support Team GB and to show off their own ability to win gold.

The furry athletes competed in events including the hurdles, discus and more. They even matched the likes Michael Phelps in doggy paddling. And they showed themselves as agile as Andy Murray in tennis and as fast as Usain Bolt in sprints.

The Dogs Trust Ballymena Rehoming Centre hosted the games to keep the pups active while they wait to be adopted by a family.

"We definitely have a touch of Olympic fever here and a doggy Olympics seemed like the perfect fun way to channel the dogs' energy and keep them mentally and physically stimulated while interacting with their doggy friends," said Ballymena Rehoming Centre manager Oonagh Phillips.

A top Northern Ireland Olympian showed himself in Dasher, an energetic five-year-old Lurcher. Oonagh said he "gave his carers a run for their money during the activities".

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