TIME to go walkies . . . dog devotees are being urged to take the lead to help a charity targeted by crooks.
Lisa McCabe is rallying support for a crusade to raise funds for Dogs Trust – which was hit recently by a number of break-ins at its Glasgow centre.
She has organised a sponsored dog walk along the Forth and Clyde Canal from Bishopbriggs Leisuredrome to The Stables pub near Kirkintilloch.
A professional dog walker, Lisa (30) is a firm supporter of Dogs Trust – which helped to save the life of her youngest pet, Zane.
She explained: “I am self-employed and always do a charity event each year through my business.
“I usually just ask my clients to take part, however, when I heard about the break-ins at Dogs Trust I really wanted to do something to help out. To make it worthwhile it needs to be a bit bigger this time.
“Zane was rescued by the Dogs Trust from Ireland. Due to the problem with stray dogs there, he was just one day away from being put down when he was saved at just three-months-old.
“Dogs Trust regularly save dogs in this way.
“He’s just a gorgeous loveable boy, who would never have been given the chance to be part of our family if it wasn’t for Dogs Trust.”
The walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 23. Pooches, owners and sponsors are needed – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page, Stardust Dog Walking.
You can also go to www.justgiving.com/Stardust-Dog-walking
Lisa, from Robroyston, said: “It’s a chance to have some fun and exercise with your dog, but more importantly do some good at the same time.
“I want it to be a fun-filled, family-focused event.
“I think Dogs Trust is wonderful – not only do they offer dogs the chance of a forever home, they are very thorough in making sure that each dog is rehomed correctly.
“There are a strict set of guidelines which you must abide by in order to rehome a dog. They offer an information and training class before the dogs can be brought home.”
Zane – a lab/whippet cross – is now three-years-old, while mum-of-one Lisa also has a six-year-old dog called Ziggy – a lurcher, lab/greyhound cross.
The walk route is not difficult, but owners will need to keep their pets on a lead and are asked to take water and poop bags.
As for the noise, Lisa won’t be reaching for the ear plugs.
She laughed: “I’m a professional dog walker, so I’m used to noisy dogs. I’m sure they will all be excited by the walk and know they are doing some good to help their fellow Mutleys, so the event will be a great success!”
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