Marathon swim by canines gives cash boost

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A WHOPPING £2,500 was raised to help provide assistance dogs after pooches completed 1,500 lengths of a hydrotherapy pool.

The event organised by Wickham Canine Rehabilitation Centre raised £2,500 for Canine Partners.

A variety of breeds of dog took part, including German shepherd, labrador, Weimaraner, Newfoundland, staffie, flat coat retriever, Jack Russell, border terrier, shih tzu and a couple of trained search and rescue dogs.

Sarah Simpson, from Hydrotherapy-Four Paws, said: ‘We really enjoyed this year’s Canine Solent Swim and were delighted to raise £2,500 for Canine Partners, which will go towards the training of our sponsored puppy Ivan. The dogs did so well, with many completing a worthy 30 lengths and our smallest dog managing a whopping 102 lengths.’

David Filmer, from Fareham, has congenital paraplegia and graduated with canine partner Zack in 2007. He said: ‘Before I got Zack I used to have low patches on a regular basis, but now I rarely get them.’