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Mud-loving cocker spaniel left unrecognisable after diving head first into puddle

The mucky pup, from Redditch, Worcestershire, had to be washed off before heading home in the car after the episode

A cheeky cocker spaniel covered herself head to toe in mud in a hilarious episode while out on a walk.

The moment saw the mischievous pup, called Sally, unrecognisable and more like a muddy monster spaniel – but luckily her owner saw the funny side.

Nicola Phillips, from Redditch, Worcestershire, says she decided to take Sally and her border collie, Maggie, on a longer walk after having the day off work.

The family clambered into the car, but the last thing Nicola expected was for Sally to bask in a mud bath in the way she did.

While on a walk at Ipsley Meadows, the curious pup decided it was best to dive head first into a muddy puddle that she found and roll around until not an ounce of fur was peeking through.

Nicola, 42, said: “I had to burst out laughing and let her carry on, she was enjoying herself, but unfortunately no-one else was around to see it – such a shame.

“I knew I had to take some pictures of this because she has never done it this bad before.

“Once she had finished we just carried on walking, but I was thinking there is no way she is going in the car like that.”

Luckily, there was a stream for Sally to soak in. Nicola managed to throw the ball into the deep end which encouraged Sally to wash off most of the mud.

After a lot of playing ball and shaking, they were just about ready to face the car journey home.

Nicola said: “I wanted to wear her out so we had a bit of peace at home. If you have a spaniel, you know what I mean.

“But to be honest I really don’t mind her doing this in puddles, I find it funny and I could not stop laughing. I sent the pictures to my partner and the response was, ‘What’s wrong with that dog?’

“Yes, she is nuts, but we wouldn’t change her ever.”

Sally isn’t the only dog who’s a big fan of the mud.

A golden retriever was left with only a fraction of his fur on show after he wallowed in some mud like a happy hippo.

Murphy was on a walk in Blackwood Forest, Hampshire, with his owner, Gill Smith, when she found him lying in a murky pit.

It’s a common trait of golden retrievers that they have a ‘muck radar’, but Gill, 50, from Overton, let Murphy have his moment of fun.

The 16-month-old pup’s favourite way to cool off on a warm day is to drench himself in mud, and this puddle saw three quarters of his lovely coat turn brown.