Running with Rescues

by Andrew

In 2012 I began volunteering at Borders Pet Rescue I had little idea of the journey I was beginning. I’d previously run with my late Lakeland cross Polly, so when asked to run a young energetic Dalmatian/ Husky cross called Oscar I was delighted. Over the next few months I ran with a variety of wonderful dogs. They were teaching me more than I them but we had fun learning.

In October 2013 I learnt of a cani cross race in Jedburgh. With the backing of BPR I decided to enter and raise some funds. A quick search online brought CSE to my attention. The support and advice I received was superb. Maisie and I started training regularly and we both loved every minute of it.

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Race day arrived any nerves soon disappeared due to the warm welcome I received and Maisies impeccable behaviour . Once safely round the muddy course we were rewarded with a medal and rosette which Maisie took proudly back to BPR. We were hooked!

Over the winter Maisie remained at the centre. A bout of kennel cough led toquarantine and lots of frustration for all the dogs. Once clear I had 3 dogs to run with. Maisie didn’t like this at all! I got sad looks every time it was Dot or Santi’s turn.

Rescue dogs can’t get off lead in public, so Cani ross is a great way to enhance their time in kennels. They’ll assess the fitness and temperament of dogs in their care so why not call and see if you can help.

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Maisies been in her forever home for 6 months now and is very happy there. I am awaiting the cooler weather so I can get back to my newest passion running with rescues.