Fantastic fundraiser hits a hole in one for our dogs

Wonderful local supporter, David Bayne, worked tremendously hard during his year as Captain of Tidworth Garrison Golf Club, fundraising for our dogs at Salisbury Rehoming Centre. His efforts on his ‘Captain’s Day,’ inspired by his passion for the dogs in our care, and other activities throughout the year with the other club members, raised over £2,700 towards enriching their lives during their stay with us.

David’s first encounter with Dogs Trust Salisbury came back in 2004, when he met and fell in love with Chardonnay (later re-named Chard) – a worried German Shepherd, whom David spent months getting to know alongside our training team, giving Chard the time he needed to build up a trusting bond. Chard & David enjoyed 11 happy years of companionship. During that time, David was posted to Iraq, but upon his return to the UK and to collect Chard from his temporary care, Chard instantly recognised and ran to greet his best friend.

When Chard passed away, after his long and happy life, David felt it was time to offer a home to another four-legged friend in need of their special someone. So, along came another beautiful German Shepherd called Schofield (re-named Schofe). David and Schofe spent over 10 happy years together, including lots of adventures – even climbing Mount Snowdon together, twice!

Lovely Schofe passed away during David’s one year duty of captaincy at Tidworth Garrison Golf Club, and David decided to honour the memories of Chard & Schofe by choosing Dogs Trust as his nominated charity to support. On ‘Captain’s Day,’ each of the golf course’s 18 holes was renamed using the names of our four-legged residents at the time, even including a photo of each lovely dog.

We simply couldn’t do what we do without our fantastic supporters, and we wanted to say a huge thank you to David for, not only providing a wonderful home to two of our residents, but also for helping to keep our current and future dogs happy & healthy in their memory.