On 26th March, 8 year old flat-coat retriever Barney set off on an epic adventure for Guide Dogs, walking from Land’s End and is due to finish at John O’Groats on 2nd August. Alongside owners, Bob and Jos, hero hound Barney has so far walked over 1100 miles and is nearing the finish line!
Bob and Jos rescued Barney from the Flat Coat Rescue Centre over 6 years ago, and it was love at first sight. At their first meeting, Barney made instant friends with Jos by putting his paws on her shoulders, and since then he’s been an integral part of a very special family, which also includes 2 cats!
Barney is now a seasoned walker – clocking up over 200 Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000ft) and 70 backpacking trips. His first trip was almost his last, however, when he showed his love of rolling on his back, in snow, on the precipice of a mountain! Thankfully, he survived and is now used to the tent and the routine of wild camping.
The route that Barney is walking from John O’Groats to Land’s end spans 1400 miles, and began back in March. After months of hills, hiking, rain and wind, Barney, Bob & Jos are down to their last 200 miles!
The Mahon’s have a history of sight loss in the family, and are aiming to raise £5,500 for Guide Dogs – the charity that makes sure that when someone loses their sight, they don’t lose their independence too.
So, how can you help Barney reach his target?
You can sponsor Barney at https://www.justgiving.com/BarneysLongWalk/
Alternatively, if you have a pooch of your own, sign up to Dogs Unite Match a Mile for Barney and raise funds for Guide Dogs (and get a super cool doggy cape!) http://bit.ly/1NiWrfb
If you’d like to keep up to date with Barney’s Long Walk, the Mahon’s blog can be found HERE