You’ve heard of Tough Mudder?
Well did you know you can do style obstacle courses with your four legged friends!
‘Ruff Mudder’ events are taking place across the country to raise money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Each person taking part has to pledge to raise £100 for the home and £92,000 has already been raised in the first of the four challenges across the UK.
Competitors can choose from a 2.5 or 5km course and while dogs can swerve some of the obstacles if they don’t like the look of them, the owners have to get down and dirty.
Emma Lovesey, Muddy Dog Challenge Events Manager at Battersea said: “We wanted to create an event that would be fun for dogs and their owners.
“The feedback has been brilliant. The owners enjoy the challenge and the dogs love the mud.
“We’re so grateful to the many runners who are taking part and raising a tremendous amount of money to help rescue dogs and cats.”
Each runner gets a t shirt and a medal, and each dog gets a bandana and a rosette for finishing and vets and paramedics are on hand in case of any injuries.
I took part in the Nottingham event at Woollaton Hall and Deer Park with my 12-year-old Terrier Cross Daisy and ended up far muddier than she did.
We did the 2.5km course which began with a Doggy Ball Pit, which was a pool filled with cold water and plastic balls.
Volunteers are on hand at each obstacle to hold onto dogs while the humans take them on – so Daisy watched as I waded through the freezing water.
Then it was on to the Balance Beans and A Frame, which I tempted Daisy over by wafting a cocktail sausage under her nose.
The next two obstacles had us caked in mud. The first was a Canine Crawl under a cargo net and through a swamp.
Following that was the Muddy Tunnel which you had to go through on your knees and elbows. Daisy only had a little bit of muck on the tips of her paws but I was covered in the stuff.
Finally, we hopped on the Trampolines obstacle, then through another big puddle of water, Gone Fishing, before trudging across the finish line.
You don’t have to be a marathon runner to do the Muddy Dog Challenge. You just need a basic level of fitness and a sense of humour.
And as an owner of a rescue dog, it was good for us both to be able to do our bit to help other animals who’ve been abused and abandoned.
There’s still places for Stanstead Park in Essex on June 10th and at Hever Castle in Kent on September 30th. To register, visit www.battersea.org.uk
I’ve written in more detail about mine and Daisy’s experience on my new website, The Paw Post too. Click here to have a read and a laugh at me covered in mud!