A rescued lurcher called Hot Toddy has been voted as “fittest dog in Northamptonshire” report the Northampton Chronicle today:

Shannon Wyllie with Hot Toddy
Shannon Wyllie with Hot Toddy

“Five-year-old Hot Toddy, a lurcher cross Staffordshire bull terrier, spends hours with his owner Shannon Wyllie, aged 15, walking along canals and running for miles in the countryside.

He also regularly takes to the dance floor with Shannon and enjoys performing party tricks, in particular loading and unloading supermarket trolleys. However, his favourite pastime is playing tug-of-war or fetch.

“I have found a love in working with Toddy, watching him develop and grow. I also find that it is a huge confidence- builder.

“People always comment on Toddy’s non-stop wagging tail and grin.

Hot Toddy qualified for Scruffts – a non-pedigree rival to Crufts – in 2006 in the child’s best friend and most handsome dog categories.

He has also passed his Kennel Club Silver good citizens assessment and has been selected from thousands of applicants to audition for the Top Dog television programme.

The rescue dog is now in the running to be crowned the UK’s fittest dog in Butcher’s Pet Care’s Doggyiators competition.”

Congratulations Toddy and good luck in future competitions πŸ™‚