Walkies with a difference as Betty takes a doggy paddle

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FOR Hot dogs across Leeds, the recent sunny spell has made walkies a bit of a slog.

But Springer Spaniel Betty has found the perfect way to keep cool during her daily constitutional – by swimming miles along the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Chaddy excersises his Springer Spaniel named 'Betty' in the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Chaddy excersises his Springer Spaniel named 'Betty' in the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

The four-year-old pooch likes nothing better than jumping into the water rather than pounding the pathway, and has been perfecting her doggy paddle ever since owner Chaddey picked her up from the Dogs Trust.

Chaddey, 34, a chef who lives at Hyde Park Corner, believes her love of the water comes from her previous life as a budding police dog.

He said: “As far as I know, she was handed in to the police as a stray and because she fit their criteria, they put her through their training programme but she failed the final test.

“She was given to the Dogs Trust and I picked her up from there. She’s so giddy and energetic and just loves to jump in the water rather than walk. If she sees ducks she goes absolutely nuts too!”

World of Walkies

• The largest ever dog walk involved 22,742 dogs and was held on the Leas, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, on June 12, 2011.

• A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility.

• Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic - a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese.

• The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan.

• There are an estimated 400 million dogs in the world.

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