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Battersea Hounds Horsing Around at Windsor Show

12 May 2014
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

UK - Horses and hounds will be showing off their skills at the Royal Windsor Horse Show this week as Battersea Dogs and Cats Home launch new dog training sessions for animal lovers.

A team of Battersea dogs and handlers from the charity’s Old Windsor centre will be at the event – from Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 May – teaching pet owners how to train their hounds a range of commands.

Visitors will be able to visit the stand, near Copper Horse Ring, to watch demonstrations and attempt to train the rescue centre’s homeless dogs new tricks.

One of the dogs who will be helping out will be six year old Lurcher Strike – who has spent over six months at the animal charity waiting to find a new home.

strike, lurcherThe sweet boy was brought to the rescue centre, near Englefield Green, after being found as a stray on an Industrial Estate in Egham.

Strike is looking for a home with owners who have children over eight years old without any other dogs or cats.

Hannah Gee, Battersea Old Windsor’s Senior Rehomer, said: “Strike is a wonderful, well rounded boy who is waiting for a permanent home where he can give lots of love and cuddles to his new family.

"We think he will really be able to show himself off at the Royal Windsor Horse Show as he’s brilliant with people and will promote what a fantastic breed Lurchers are.”

The Battersea stand will also have volunteers giving out information on how to rehome one of the 200 dogs at the rescue centre, and how to join the Berkshire rescue centre’s fostering programme.

Claire Matthews, Battersea Old Windsor’s Canine Welfare Trainer, said: “We’re really excited to be taking Battersea dogs to join in the fun at the Royal Windsor Horse Show this year, and hopefully even find them new homes.

"The mini dog classes will give all animal lovers and pet owners a chance to get some training tips and learn how to clearly communicate with their dogs. We decided to hold the classes at the show for the first time because people who love horse riding and the great outdoors, probably also have dogs that could benefit from the training, and maybe even space for a Battersea dog.”

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