Battersea Mastiff Chico’s Murray Mania!

Nailing his colours to the mast for Andy Murray to lift the Men’s Wimbledon title on Sunday is Battersea Dogs & Cats Home resident Chico the ‘Murray Mastiff’.

Never without a tennis ball, Chico wanted to send one last message of support to the British number 1 in his quest to claim his second Wimbledon title and third Grand Slam.

Battersea handler Lucy Stratton said: “Chico has become something of a celebrity since arriving at our London centre in June and like Andy he takes it all in his stride. Chico’s totally unflappable, extremely laid-back and leaves the fretting to everyone else.

“Just give him a tennis ball, a bowl of water – decked in the Union Jack of course – and he’s happy for the rest of the day. Just don’t mention Roger Federer!”

Larger than life Chico, 11, was brought into Battersea as a stray in June after being found on the streets in south London. Since then his character and personality as the gentlest of giants has come shining through.

He is looking for a home where he can relax, enjoy lots of snoozes, has room to potter about both indoors and in the garden, and most of all enjoy all the love and affection on offer (belly-rubs are particularly welcome).

If like the Battersea staff Chico has stolen your heart too, please call the charity on 020 7622 3626.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has a huge range of moggies and canines ready for rehoming, so if Andy Murray’s number one fan Chico is not for you do give us a call, pop in, or visit us at

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