Arlo’s dogged campaign
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.