Dogs get set for Woofs and Wellies

Kirsty Sole (22) with her British Bulldog Brock and her Bichon Frise Henry''''Picture: Sarah Standing (132113-4942)
Kirsty Sole (22) with her British Bulldog Brock and her Bichon Frise Henry''''Picture: Sarah Standing (132113-4942)
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HEARING the phrase ‘walkies’ is usually music to dog’s ears.

Henry and Brock are no different, and will be taking part in a longer walk to raise money for The Rowans Hospice.

The Purbrook-hospice has organised its second Woofs and Wellies event, which takes place this Sunday.

Dog lovers can take their pooches on a sponsored four-mile walk in Stansted Park, and also raise money to pay for services at the hospice.

Taking part is Kirsty Sole, along with 18-month old bichon frise Henry, and British bulldog Brock, aged three.

Kirsty, 22, of Festing Grove, Southsea, said: ‘This is going to be really good for Brock, as like all British bulldogs, he struggle to go to far.

‘This walk will be good for him and for Henry.’

The first Woofs and Wellies event was held earlier this year, with a place for 200 dogs.

Due to its popularity, many people were turned away, and so this time the number of places has been doubled to 400.

‘We tried to get into the event earlier this year, but there weren’t any places,’ added administrator Kirsty.

‘We made sure we registered well in advance and have been collecting money.

‘So far we’ve raised £1,000. Now we’re looking forward to taking part in the walk.’

About 100 dogs have registered for this weekend’s walk, so places are still available.

Ali Corbett, events fundraiser at the hospice, said: ‘Here at The Rowans Hospice we see how much pets mean to patients and help with their wellbeing; this was the inspiration behind Woofs and Wellies.

‘Our sponsored dog walk is a wonderful event, which celebrates the bond between dog and owner and we hope that lots of people will want to come along and enjoy the beautiful grounds of Stansted Park on Sunday.

‘Well done to Henry and Brock for raising a huge amount of money, we’re extremely grateful as every pound of sponsorship is vital to providing hospice care.’

It costs £5 to register a dog with unlimited human companions.

Online registration is open until Wednesday, August 7.

The walk takes place on Sunday and starts at 10.30am.

To find out more, call (023) 9223 8531, or visit rowanshospice.co.uk.