Navratilova's T.O. dog days

JOSH ROBINSON -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

The Rogers Cup is going to the dogs.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova will be competing in this week's tournament at the Rexall Centre in North York. But she will also be raising money for the Toronto Humane Society at a puppy park, where she will sign autographs.

The puppy parks began in Charleston, N.C., as a place tennis players could safely leave their pets during games, said Stacey Allaster, vice-president of Tennis Canada.

Navratilova will be bringing her chihuahua, Chloe, with her to the tournament, Allaster said.

"She's got many dogs. One time she brought five," she said.

Autographs will cost $5 while a signed picture will set fans back $10.

Tim Trow, president of the Toronto Humane Society, said the money will go toward animal care. He said the Humane Society relies on donations because it doesn't get public funding.

"We pay huge taxes and utility bills," Trow said.

Navratilova will be holding the autograph sessions until Friday.

There is no set schedule for the sessions, which will depend on what time games are played.

The puppy park will be set up in the park just west of the Rexall Centre.

* Martina Navratilova, with Killer Dog in 1997, one of her many pets, will compete in the Rogers Cup this week.


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