A young Dublin woman whose recovery from brain surgery is being helped by the devotion of her rescue dog is urging fellow animal lovers to take part in a new charity fundraising drive.
The initiative from Dogs Trust Ireland calls on dog owners to walk 99km with or without their canine companions during the month of February.
Róisín Tracey (24), from Drimnagh, Dublin, credits her flat-coated retriever Freya - who was found abandoned on the M50 as a pup in 2017 - with being a loyal 'canine carer' who has been a constant source of support for her while she recovers from brain surgery.
Ms Tracey underwent surgery last October for a rare nerve disorder called trigeminal neuralgia, which causes excruciating facial pain and other painful symptoms that have left her unable to work.
But thanks to the support of Freya, whom she adopted as an eight-month-old pup, she is never alone as she recovers.
"She is so in tune with me.
"She can tell if I'm in any pain and will be really quiet. She'll put her paw in my lap to let me know she's there for me," she said, adding Freya is an inspiration on their daily 7km walks.
More details of the '99k for Canines' Facebook challenge can be found at www.dogstrust.ie/99kforcanines