Happy dogs at the St Clare’s Winter Walkies
News / Thu 26th Feb 2015 pm28 04:49pm
FROM lurchers to Labradors, and Daschunds to Dalmations, more than 100 dogs of all shapes and sizes joined St Clare Hospice’s annual pooch parade when the charity hosted its popular Winter Walkies on Sunday (Feb 22).
At the head of the pack were the furry faces of Winter Walkies, Peanut and Daisy, as they led a record-breaking 170 walkers out the gates of the Hastingwood-based Hospice for the sponsored 5km countryside stroll.
There were plenty of wagging tails as the pets and their owners set off at 11am, making their way down into Hastingwood and across the beautiful Essex countryside.
The event, which was sponsored by local estate agent Mullucks Wells, was supported by the Epping-based Forest Veterinary Centre, with staff offering a free microchip checking service and pet care advice as well as handing out doggy treats.
Half Moon Pets of Bishop’s Stortford were also there to provide goody bags for everyone who took part and have kindly donated a prize hamper for the person who raises the most sponsorship.
The competition for the best dressed dog was won by Connie the Chihuahua and her owner Fern Patterson who came in matching animal print coats and accessories. There was also a ‘Guess the Famous Dog’ competition for children and a tombola.
Winter Walkies is expected to raise £7,500 for St Clare once all sponsorship money has been received.
St Clare event fundraiser Heather Cameron said: “This was the ninth year we have organised Winter Walkies and it gets more and more popular every year, this time attracting a record number of dogs and their owners.
“It really was a sight to see so many happy wagging tails held aloft as all the dogs set off out the Hospice gate and it was wonderful to hear the positive comments from those who took part saying what a lovely atmosphere there was among their fellow dog lovers.
“We’d like to thank everyone who came along or supported the event, helping us raise much-needed funds so we can provide our skilled and compassionate care to every local family who needs us.”