A DogGeek.com exclusive by Teresa Barker
With the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics this evening, it’s fantastic to see London’s rescue dogs involved in the official events. On day 66, out of a 69-day journey originating at the southern tip of England, the torch traveled from Lewisham to Wandsworth, and along that way was welcomed by an official line-up of 50 rescue dogs dressed to the nines in official blue Battersea coats. The dogs and staff members of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home were honored to welcome English soccer champion, Micheal Owen, who carried the torch through the procession of dogs and humans, honoring the great work of London’s oldest dog and cat rescue, established in 1860. The Olympic torch carrier was assisted by a Battersea resident, Rory, a Staffordshire Terrier ready to adopt. Now an Olympic star, 4-year old Rory had a huge smile across his face while he brilliantly ran alongside his famous soccer player friend, cheered on by an official 50 dog Guard of Honor.
See photos of Rory’s incredible Olympic journey (and the also famous Torch and soccer player).
Three cheers for Rory, and the Olympics helping to honor the good work of Battersea!