Woof and ready for beach walk

A SPONSORED walk with a difference is being held at Tynemouth Long Sands next week to raise money for the charity Guide Dogs.

The difference is that it’s the dogs that are being sponsored, not their owners.

The walk, taking place on Sunday, October 9, between 10 and 2pm, will be started by Rhod Maclennan and his dog Monty, winners of a competition run by BBC1’s The One Show last month for the best dog and owner lookalikes.

The walk will mark the end of a week of celebrations to mark the 80th anniversary of the charity’s first guide dogs completing their training.

The date also marks the reopening of the Tynemouth beach to dogs after its summer closure.

The event starts at the Crusoe’s café end of the beach.

Rhod, of Morpeth, said: “Monty and I would love to see all our canine and human friends come along to help raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”

Dogs taking part will all be given a bone collar tag, certificate and goody bag to mark their achievement.

“There are loads of ways people can get involved – sign up with your own dog, borrow a dog for the day, share a dog or even dress up as a dog and get sponsored as your doggy alias.

“What better way is there to enjoy a Sunday than to take a stroll on lovely Tynemouth Long Sands beach with the family and your dog and help a fantastic cause into the bargain”.

To take part, register at www.gowalkies.org.uk or just turn up on the day.

For details, call 0845 600 6787.