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Canine camaraderie ahead of the Great North Run

Canine carers at Dogs Trust Darlington will be raising pounds for hounds when they take part in the Great North Run on 9th September in Newcastle. Ahead of the big event, they have been getting help with their training from a canine resident at the local Sadberge Rehoming Centre.

Natalie Waller, Paul Cutler and Toni Hockridge are taking on this amazing challenge for the second year in a row, in aid of Dogs Trust; and have been training extensively with moral support from this year’s mascot Billy, the six-year-old English Bull Terrier currently staying at the rehoming centre.

Sue Embleton, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Darlington, said:

“The team at Darlington will all be supporting their colleagues when they take on this amazing feat on Sunday. The money raised will go directly to the continued care of dogs like Billy, to ensure they receive the best quality of life whilst they await their forever homes.”

“Our dogs have been great mascots for our runners and have definitely kept them on their toes in the same way a good personal trainer would challenge their students.”

“Billy the mascot is a handsome boy who is looking for a quiet, adult only home, that he can call his own. He enjoys human companionship, is fully housetrained and can be left for a little while on his own at home.

“He is a clever, funny chap and enjoys showing off his tricks. Billy won’t need bags of exercise like Paul and Natalie ahead of the Great North Run, however he does enjoy a day out, and gentle walks.”

Paul Cutler has set up a JustGiving page where people can show their support and make donations:

If you are interested in adopting a dog or supporting the team at this year’s Great North Run, please contact Dogs Trust Darlington on 0300 303 0292.