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Like many dogs, Hooch and Dudley the sausage dogs loved to pull all the recycling out of the bin when someone wasn’t looking.
But their owner Amber Lednor, 38, decided to use it to her advantage and now they pick on litter on their walks.
The black and tan mini dachshunds, from Moray, Scotland, keep their noses to the ground, carrying their favourite plastic bottles, which Amber fills with various rubbish found during their daily exercise.
The playful pair like to make their litter picking a game, with owner Amber picking up as much as she can as the dogs find more to retrieve when venturing into the bushes.
Amber, a stay at mum, said: ‘It all began when they found a beer bottle on one of their walks earlier this year.
‘Hooch and Dudley are a naughty, cheeky duo – they used to steal plastic bottles and paper out of the recycling box and then chase each other with them, trying to steal them off each other.
‘So when they found a bottle on walks that they love, to the park, woods or beach, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to clean up those areas too.
‘The two are always on extendable leads, nose to the ground, ferreting out the rubbish.
‘So I began picking it up, and putting in the plastic bottles, which the two of them will carry in their mouths quite happily until I find a bin.
‘I thought I might as well make use of their skills.’
They’ve even started doing a beach cleaniup once a month with the dogs.
Amber added: ‘My two boys are my babies, and I walk them every day with my daughter Alexis.
‘We hated seeing rubbish all the time, and both Hooch and Dudley love playing with plastic bottles.
‘They’re hilarious because back home, they’ll get them out of the recycling bin now as they’ll think they’re helping.
‘The wildlife is so important, and plastic and litter can cause them to suffer.
‘If we can help, we will.’
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