Awards for swimming dogs

Gareth Beddow with Frankie and Cheryl Robotham with Oscar and their certificates at the K9 Hydrotherapy Centre
Gareth Beddow with Frankie and Cheryl Robotham with Oscar and their certificates at the K9 Hydrotherapy Centre

DOGGY paddle has worked wonders for these two dogs - the first pooches to receive awards at a specialist centre.

Franky the labradoodle and Oscar the Labrador were the first dogs to complete 10 swims at K9 Hydrotherapy and Grooming Centre, in Whitby Street South, in Hartlepool.

The facility, which has only been open for two months, gives dogs the chance to swim in a hydrotherapy pool, improving fitness and helping to reduce the chance of injuries.

Franky’s owner, Gareth Beddow, took the pooch along to the centre to ease pain caused by hip dysplasia while Cheryl Rowbotham used the facility to improve the fitness of her dog Oscar.

As a reward for reaching 10 swims, the owners and the dogs received a bronze certificate.

Chris Smith, 47, who runs the facility along with her wife, Karyn, 46, and their daughter, Katy, 22, said: “Franky and Oscar are the first two dogs to get a bronze award but we have a lot more dogs coming up to that.”

“The feedback we have had since we opened the centre has been unbelievable, especially from those who are saying how much fitter their dogs are.

“Spells in the pool also really help to reduce pain caused by hip dysplasia, owners can see a vast improvement.”