On 28 September, 30 people will be taking the plunge in Bristol to help raise money for PDSA!
The PDSA Big Doggy Paddle, kindly supported by the Beaverbrook Foundation, showcases the power and grace of a Newfoundland dog. After jumping into the water, participants will be 'rescued' by one of these amazing dogs, who are all specially trained water rescue dogs.
This is definitely a 'bucket list' experience, with the added advantage of raising funds to help pets all over the country. All money raised goes towards PDSA's own lifesavers, our vets and vet nurses, to help them continue their vital work caring for the UK's most vulnerable pets.
Who are the water rescue dogs?
As well as raising funds to help the UKs sick and injured pets, the PDSA Big Doggy Paddle showcases the remarkable Newfoundland dogs that rescue people from the water. 18 big, beautiful dogs leap from a boat on command and paddle hard to pull each participant from the water demonstrating not only their special life-saving skills, but the devotion and amazing bond they share with humans.
Our first PDSA Big Doggy Paddle took place in 2016 in partnership with David Pugh and the Newfound Friends team who train these incredible dogs. In the same year, we presented the PDSA Order of Merit posthumously to an extraordinary Newfoundland dog called Whizz. Whizz was one of Davids much-loved dogs and expertly trained in water rescue. His actions saved the lives of so many people.
Although Whizz sadly passed away, his legacy lives on through the current team of dogs that share the same fearless spirit and determination Whizz demonstrated during his lifetime.