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Thursday 30 March 2017

Top dogs take lead on special fundraiser for carers

Grainne Cunningham

DOGGY heaven dawned for our four-legged friends around the country yesterday as, for once, their owners had a second reason to go for a walk.

More than a thousand dog owners and considerably more dogs took part in the Petmania National Dog Walk in aid of the Carers' Association.

Shortly before 2pm, scores of pedigrees and mutts gathered together in 13 different locations around the country to walk, sniff and explore 5km routes.

Co-ordinator Emma Murphy of the Carers' Association said she hoped that the sponsored walk would raise up to €75,000 this year.

The country's 'Top Dog', who raises the most for the charity, wins a year's supply of Royal Canin dog food, a prize worth about €1,500 if the victor is a St Bernard. And the winner also gets to take his or her family on holidays to the doggy friendly Harvey's Point four-star hotel in Donegal.

All participating pooches were rewarded with a doggy bag.

Irish Independent

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