Going ‘walkies’ for Guide Dogs

Friends fur-ever: Susanne hopes to get as much dog lovers along to Aden Park as possible to support Guide Dogs. Picture: Carla Duthie
Friends fur-ever: Susanne hopes to get as much dog lovers along to Aden Park as possible to support Guide Dogs. Picture: Carla Duthie

A BUCHAN woman has organised a ‘Go walkies for Guide Dogs’ sponsored walk with the aim of raising money for a cause very close to her heart.

Susanne McCafferty of Peterhead has type 2 diabetes and is insulin dependant, she also suffers from chordoma of the spine and is blind. She was introduced to Garner last year, a two-year-old retriever labrador who has given her a new lease of life.

The sponsored walk will support the Peterhead branch of Guide Dogs, and the money will stay in the Buchan area as well as helping support the nearest training school in Forfar.

Susanne said: “Garner has given me my life back and this is only one of the small ways in which I can repay him as well as supporting other dogs.

“The life-changing independence that the dogs can give to thousands of blind and partially-sighted people is amazing.”

The walk will take place on Saturday, September 24 and Susanne is hoping that members of the public will go along to Aden Park to support the event.

“There are loads of ways people can get involved, whether they sign up with their own dog, borrow a dog, share a dog or even dress up as a dog! Children are more than welcome to come along, as long as they are accompanied by an adult,” she added.

The national event will see dogs from all over the country get sponsored rather than their owners, and Susanne is hoping to get as many pooches registered prior to the event as possible.

“The quicker we get people registered the quicker we can start raising money,” she said.

Walkers can register by calling Susanne on 01771 624328 or online at www.gowalkies.org.uk.

The walk is registered under the Central Argyle and Western Isles Scotland, and is entitled Aden Park, Peterhead.