Sunday, June 18, 2006

Butcher's Great North Dog Walk

Butcher's Great North Dog Walk 2006

I took my lead from my pal this morning and we decided to trot along to the Butcher's Great North Dog Walk, the weather was a little grey and miserable, we must have been barking!

We were trying to break the record, once again of having the most pooches in one place in the world, we were expecting some Guiness at the end of it, until someone told us it was a book not a drink (that McWhirter fellow has something to answer for. Just paws for thought while I tell you how far my little legs had to walk across the Leas in South Shields, three and a half miles that's how far! Thats a lot of wear and tear on the paws of a Yorkshire Terrier let me tell you.

It's one of those events that the human folk are becoming quite good at in South Shields, we do it every year now, and it's always a laugh watching them all bend over cleaning up the mess, you ought to see some of the sites, it's funny how some of our owners tend to mirror our own characteristics! That Mr. Carlisle has a bark worse than his bite though, what a starter! It only took me 40 minutes to complete the coarse then it was a toddle home and a lie down in the kennel with a piece of dried beef - harrumph, not allowed to come inside when the football is on.......grrrrr.



The background

The Butcher's Great North Dog Walk was founded in 1990 by Tony Carlisle who has organised the event every year since. Tony is a Head of Department and Teacher at a local comprehensive school and has also been United Kingdom Fund-Raiser Of The Year on 3 occasions, nominated for an OBE on 3 occasions and has to date raised nearly 2 million pounds for charitable causes.

In 1997 Tony wrote to Dame Catherine Cookson and her husband Tom and duly received financial assistance and their blessing and permission to have the walk renamed the Catherine Cookson Great North Dog Walk. Butcher's Pet Care Ltd took over sponsorship of the event in 2004 and in 2005 the dog walk was renamed, Butcher's Great North Dog Walk.

Tony Carlisle Founder/Organiser

This event is annual and measurable and last year's dog walk was the 15th staging. he 3.5 mile (5.6km) walk follows a coastal route along the cliffs with magnificent sea views. There are four different routes of varying lengths to cater for everyone within the community and over varying surfaces like grass, gravel and concrete. This therefore allows for baby buggies, wheelchairs, the young, the elderly, disabled and also older dogs to support this world record attempt.

The event is internationally recognised and again holds the WORLD RECORD as the largest dog walk ever held (6,339 dogs!). This is a record we would like to keep in the United Kingdom.


Great North Dogwalk

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