Bobby needs a couple of decent knitted jackets in his new wardrobe - this young Mexican hairless dog feels the cold.

It’s just as well Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has started a knitting club to keep their animals supplied – but more of that later.

Firstly, Bobby arrived at Battersea on November 1 with his sister after their owner could no longer cope with them. They were bought when they were 8-weeks-old through Facebook.

He and his sister had never been walked very much as the family had no time. His new owner will need to have time for him and help him over his lack of confidence.

If you’re interested in homing this unusual-looking dog, call 0843 509 4444 or see him at the Battersea site at Priest Hill, Old Windsor.

Now back to Battersea’s Knitting Club. Whether you know how to knit or you’re a novice knitter, either way you will be welcome at Battersea’s recently formed Knitting Kittens Club. It meets in their London Cattery on Battersea Park Road and you are invited to knit blankets/toys for Battersea’s cats or you can knit your own items (or, perhaps, a splendid new coat for dogs like Bobby). Admission to the club is £2 suggested donation. The next meeting is on April 15 (5pm-8pm).

Expect lots of muddy coats at Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge at Brockwell Park on May 10. This is the UK’s first obstacle course where animal lovers can take part in a 2.5km or 5km run with their dog. You can enter in a team, as a duo or, if your pet would prefer, you can take part alone. Registration starts at £25 for adults and £8.50 for dogs with a sponsorship target of £100. You might be relieved to know that first aid and vet support will be available. Details from 020 7627 9295 or .