A paw-fect day out
POOCH-MAD pet owners had a “grand” day out at a sponsored dog walk — raising more than £1,000 for sheepdogs in need.
Monday saw 14 walkers and 20 dogs pound 11 miles of paths around Lancashire, raising £1,200 in the bargain.
Dog-loving friends Claire Moran and Carolyn Sheridan organised the walk around the Entwistle, Jumbles and Wayoh reservoirs to raise awareness for Protecting Preloved Border Collies (PPBC).
Carolyn, originally from Ramsbottom, said: “During the walk we had the opportunity to stop and chat to a few people about the reason for the walk and what Protecting Preloved Border Collies are doing.
“We handed out a few leaflets to people interested in taking on a rescue collie — with one couple actually donating £10 on the spot!
“We finished the walk off with a drink at the Strawberry Duck in Turton and a big bowl of water for the dogs — who all got on well and really enjoyed the walk.
“To have raised so much for Protecting Preloved Border Collies is a fantastic achievement and exceeds our expectations.
“We are very pleased with the generosity of all our supporters.”
Claire, aged 23 and of Malton Avenue, Whitefield, set up a dog-walking group in January with her bi-monthly walks having an attendance of around 10 people and 20 dogs each time. She met Haslingden resident Carolyn at the Open University and after becoming friends the pair were determined to help a needy cause.
Claire said: “We had a fab day with absolutely great weather. The walk took us about five hours altogether — although this included stopping for a picnic and at the pub!
“Protecting Preloved Border Collies are really pleased with how much we raised.”
Carolyn, 41, owns three rescued border collies called Bear, Maddie and Skye and Claire owns three rehomed dogs — two crosses and one Jack Russell — called Jack, Jess and Ollie.
Collies are active dogs, able to run 20 miles a day with ease, and new owners often cannot cope with the level of stimulation they need — advertising them as ‘free to a good home’.
These adverts on websites can leave them vulnerable to being used for illegal dog-baiting fights or puppy farms.
Carolyn added: “People take on Border collies because they are cute and fluffy but they need a lot of time and effort putting into them. They are the most intelligent of dogs and their minds need to be exercised as much as their bodies — if you do not give them enough to think about they can get stressed and start damaging things.
“PPBC are desperate for new foster carers to look after these dogs while they are assessed to see which type of home they need to be in.”
To make a donation: go to gofundme.com/PPBCBear and for more information on PPBC: go to protect ingprelovedbordercollies. co.uk
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