- LV= is delighted to support Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and the country’s most talented rescue dogs
- From sporty Staffies to racing Rottweilers, these pooches love to impress judges and Crufts spectators with their agility
- The Battersea LV= Agility team proves that rescue dogs have exceptional talents, even after a ‘ruff’ start in life!
Rescue dogs are incredible. No matter what life seems to throw at them, they tend always to be the most cheerful, loving and amazing animals. These pooches are particularly talented; demonstrating agility, tricks, speed and obedience in the parade ring. This Friday, they will demonstrate their agility at Crufts, the world's most respected dog show.
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We've put together some Battersea LV= Agility team 'top trumps', so you can see how each amazing pooch stacks up.
Frank arrived at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in 2005. As a stray, Battersea knew nothing about his background or where he had come from. He was barely house-trained and scared of new people. Frank has come a long way since he first arrived at Battersea and is now one of the stars of the Agility and Display team, which is proudly supported by LV=. Thanks to a lot of hard work and determination, Frank has gone on to do obedience and trick training as well as one of the first dogs to become a ‘Cynophobia’ assistance dogs, working with children with fears and phobias towards dogs. Frank has also appeared running at Crufts being handled by Paul O Grady. Frank has been doing displays for Battersea for 9 years and his special talent is singing.
Waffle arrived at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home with next to no training – a very cheeky boy indeed! He is now a fully-fledged member of the Agility & Display team and his talents have grown from strength to strength. He has an active mind and gets distracted very quickly so it’s taken a long time to get him where he is today. He is still cheeky though, and would do anything to play with a toy! Waffle joined the Battersea Agility & Display team in 2015 and his special talent is making people laugh!
Ernie Tadpole arrived at Battersea in 2013 in a terrible condition. He was scared of people, under-weight and needed urgent surgery on his eyes. He is a cheeky chappy and, despite his troubled past, he has always managed to remain happy and bright. This will be Ernie’s first performance event at Crufts, so we are really excited to see what he will bring to the team. His special talents include rolling on his back and getting belly rubs - he has a real love for people.
Woody was only 13 weeks when he arrived at Battersea as a stray. Thanks to the love and care he received from staff at Battersea, Woody has gone on to become a confident and loving dog. He is also a bit of a star! Woody has a Grade 7 certificate in Agility and has appeared on many television adverts including DFS furniture, Crabbies ginger beer, Heart radio, O2 and many more. Woody also often helps Battersea’s Community Engagement team, by visiting schools, prisons and community groups to promote responsible dog ownership. He joined the Battersea Agility & Display team in 2009 and his special talent is being cute and showing off his many talents.
Squirt was brought to Battersea after her owners could no longer cope with her behaviour. Luckily the specialist training team at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home were able to give her the time and patience she needed and had never received before and she is now very well behaved. Squirt is very experienced in Agility and has also appeared on television adverts as well as supporting Battersea’s Community Engagement teams with their visits to Young Offenders Institutions and prisons to educate on responsible ownership. He joined the Battersea Agility & Display team in 2007 and his special talent is washing people!
Enid is the newest addition to the Agility & Display team – and the most recently brought into Battersea. Little Enid was a stray when she arrived at Battersea earlier this year. She was in a very sorry state – and it was touch and go whether she would make it or not. Just a young pup, she needed lots of love as well as urgent medical care when she arrived at Battersea. Thankfully – Battersea were able to provide her with the urgent medical care that she desperately needed and Enid has blossomed into an extremely playful young girl. We’ve no doubt she will be a wonderful addition to the team! Crufts will be her first event with the team! Her special talent is snoring in any position whatsoever.