Go walkies and help raise funds for Bat­tersea Dogs Home

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By SUE COR­CO­RAN news@wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk

A HURST pub is or­gan­is­ing a char­ity dog walk for its lo­cals and their pets to help less for­tu­nate dogs.

Tak­ing part will be So­phie, a minia­ture Pin­scher, which the pub land­lord and lady res­cued from her life as a street dog in Ni­cosia on the is­land of Cyprus.

Lit­tle So­phie set­tled in so well at The Wheel­wright’s Arms, Hurst, that she’s now the boss dog there, putting Dober­mans Steve and Colin firmly in their place, de­spite their much larger size.

All three dogs will be part of the char­ity walk with their own­ers Katie and Daryl Cooper and as­sis­tant pub man­ager Shane Simp­son.

The walk to sup­port Bat­tersea Dogs Home is on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20. Those tak­ing part can meet at the pub for break­fast at 9am, leav­ing to start the walk at 10.30am.

Land­lord Daryl said: “The walk is £10 a dog, which will go to the Bat­tersea Home, along with a small per­cent­age from the pro­ceeds of the break­fast.

“Bat­tersea, which has a cen­tre in Old Wind­sor, asked if we could help fundraise – we’ve long wanted to do a fundraiser for a dog char­ity.

“The walk will be two-and-ahalf or three miles round Din­ton Pas­tures, achiev­able by all dogs and their own­ers. We want to sup­port Bat­tersea and also spread the word that we are a dog friendly pub which wel­comes dogs.”

Katie and Daryl found out about So­phie via a dogs trust work­ing in Cyprus. They col­lected her from her fos­ter carer in Som­er­set.

From left: Daryl Cooper and Steve, Katie Cooper and So­phie, and Shane Simp­son and Colin

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