On your barks!

Dogs Trust Loughborough is hoping Leicestershire dog lovers - along with their four-legged friends - are ready to put their best foot forward when the Big Dog Walk comes to Belvoir Castle later this month.  

Dogs Trust is the charity partner for this year’s series of walks and team members are hoping it will be a chance to meet up with former residents.  

Russell Benson, Community Fundraising Team Manager for Dogs Trust, says:  

“We are so excited that the first Big Dog Walk is nearly here. It's always wonderful to spend time with our dogs, and that has certainly been true over the last year given the difficult times everyone has faced. For dog lovers and their canine companions to now be able to get back together and take part in the Big Dog Walk at Belvoir Castle is fantastic and we’re hoping that lots of ex-residents of Dogs Trust will join in the fun.  

“Anyone taking part will be able to raise funds for Dogs Trust and every penny will help us make sure we can continue to give the dogs still in our care everything they need until they find their forever homes.”  

The Belvoir Castle walk on 30 May is the first of six Big Dog Walks this year. Dogs and their owners can choose from either a 2k, 5k or 10k route and walk times have been staggered for the comfort and safety of all taking part. New for this year is a puppy socialisation walk, for all those with new additions to the family.  

As well as taking part in the walk, dogs and owners can enjoy fun games and surprises around the route and the event village where there will be plenty of have-a-go activities for dogs such as a Dogstacle course, shopping, expert advice, a fun dog show and plenty of refreshments.   

Nicole Cooper, Managing Director of Touchpoint Live Media, organiser of the Big Dog Walk, says:  

“Supporting charities is at the heart of the events and has been for many years, and there has never been a more important time to support charities than following the pandemic, that's why we are delighted to be partnering with Dogs Trust. We look forward to welcoming our dog loving community back to the Big Dog Walk series this year and look forward to seeing everyone at Belvoir Castle.” 

As official partner of the Big Dog Walk, we have some free tickets available for supporters. To find out more, go to www.dogstrust.org.uk/bigdogwalk