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Rescue dogs take to the floor at Discover Dogs!

The Rescue Dogs line up ready for action at Crufts 2004!

The team, created five years ago for a one off display at Crufts, has gone from strength to strength and has appeared at Crufts and the Wag and Bone show already this year.

The rescue dogs are being run around the agility ring by their owners and were rehomed from five of the UK's largest animal welfare charities - Battersea Dogs Home, The Blue Cross, Dogs Trust, RSPCA and Wood Green Animal Shelters.

The dogs, which come from across the UK, are planning to wow the London crowds with their fancy footwork and cheeky characteristics. They are hoping that the audience will be astounded by their performance and will show that rescue dogs can compete with the best of the rest.

Dogs Trust Assistant Field Director and team co-ordinator Jack Johnstone says:

"The skill and quality of these dogs is amazing, they may not be fast or furious but they can run the course with as much determination and enjoyment as any dog that has been bred for this activity. With our experience from the last five years we hope our display will be better than ever and make more people understand the versatility of rescue dogs."

The displays, which take place in the main ring at 11.30am and 3.50pm on Saturday 13th November and 12 noon on Sunday 14th November, will be entertaining and enjoyable for all who watch. The dogs aren't all perfect but it all adds to the fun. A lot of hard work and training has gone into helping these dogs have their 15 minutes of fame.

This is not a charity against charity event - each team consists of one dog from each charity united to put across the message that rescue dogs can make wonderful, rewarding, lifelong companions.

This member of the Rescue Dog Agility team weaves a little magic at Crufts 2004!