Best paw forward for charity walkies

Retired guide dog George Douglas with walker Olivia Bell.
Retired guide dog George Douglas with walker Olivia Bell.

RETIRED guide dog George Douglas is urging his four-legged friends to go walkies for charity on Sunday from noon.

The walk, in which dogs and not their owners are sponsored, takes place at Howick and is being held by the Alnwick Guide Dogs Fund-raising Group.

Furry participants will receive a bone collar tag and a certificate to mark their achievement while their two-legged counterparts will be treated to refreshments, ice cream and home-baked cakes.

There will also be family entertainment at Howick Village Hall with face-painting, games and stalls, as well as a fun dog show to add to the canine antics.

Categories will be Prettiest Bitch, Most Handsome Dog, Best Veteran Dog, Best Child Handler (U14), Feeliest Fur, Waggiest Tale, Most Appealing Eyes and Dog the Judge Would Most Like to Take Home. Judging starts at 2pm and entry is £1. Money raised from the event will go towards The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Photographer Duncan Elson will also be on hand to take bookings for dog portraits, with proceeds from bookings going to the cause.

Annie Douglas, owner of George, said: “There are loads of ways people can get involved – sign up with your own dog, borrow a dog, share a dog or even dress up as a dog and get sponsored as your doggy alias. If you don’t want to do the walk then come along for a family day out in the countryside.”

Jobsons of Alnwick, Turnbulls and Northumbria Pets have been thanked for supporting the event.

Participants are invited to register for the walk at www.gowalkies.org.uk or enter on the day for a donation. For more information, call 0845 600 6787.