Arlo’s dogged cam­paign

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

A 10-year-old dog trainer was left heart­bro­ken when his pooch sus­tained an in­jury leav­ing him un­able to com­pete.

Arlo Bradley, from Marske, was painfully shy be­fore he be­gan work­ing with his cocker spaniel, Win­ter, three years ago.

He at­tends the Wil­ton Agility Club, Dor­manstown, and com­petes na­tion­wide with Win­ter.

But last week, four-year-old Win­ter was di­ag­nosed with a dam­aged cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment, with re­quires surgery and will leave him out of ac­tion for sev­eral months.

Mum Jane aid: “If some­thing came up where he would have to speak to oth­ers he would cry. At first he was so quiet, we couldn’t hear him giv­ing the com­mands. It has been a long jour­ney, but they’re a fan­tas­tic team and have learned so much from each other.

Jane en­cour­aged Arlo to join the club, which she at­tended as a child, to build up his con­fi­dence.

Arlo, a twin, had al­ways been the quiet one. His brother, Henry, is into per­form­ing arts and “loves be­ing on the stage”.

The St Bede RC Pri­mary School pupil has now set up a Go­FundMe page to help pay for the costly surgery.

Jane, a teacher, said: “I feel ter­ri­ble ask­ing peo­ple for money, but Arlo wanted to feel he was do­ing some­thing use­ful.”

Jane, hus­band Luke and Arlo are look­ing to raise £2,000 to sup­port Win­ter through his surgery. Arlo is plan­ning to walk the Cleve­land Way, along­side his grandma Sheila, in re­turn for do­na­tions.

To do­nate, visit www.go­fundme. com/8tn8n-win­ters-surgery

Arlo Bradley with his dog Win­ter and mother, Jane Bradley.

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