Everyone has heard of one man and his dog but one remarkable woman and her dog are planning to embark on a very remarkable journey in May. Barbara Teasedale will be walking 250 miles across Cumbria with her pet dog Oliver, a black labrador. An achievement in itself, but even more incredible because she will be walking wearing callipers and using crutches.
Barbara has Brucellosis, a rare progressive, degenerate bone disease, contracted when she was a cattle farmer in Northumberland. She then moved to Cumbria to farm sheep, so is no stranger to wild and untamed countryside. She is now resident in Chichester, West Sussex.
Barbara, who is often in great pain, will begin her epic walk in Penrith on 18 May and expects to take thirty days to reach her final destination of Carlisle. She and Oliver, who was re-homed with Barbara from the Dogs Home, Battersea, will be walking cross-country and following the old Packhorse Routes, the intention being to visit every lake in Cumbria.
Although I am disabled, it doesnt mean I am unable to face other challenges. The Cumbrian community has suffered a great deal because of the Foot and Mouth epidemic. I hope that by walking across the region, I can promote what a wonderful place it is to visit as well as raise money for Canine Partners for Independence.
Canine Partners for Independence is a charity which aims to transform the lives of people with a disability by partnering them with dogs which enable them to live more independently.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Barbara or make a donation to Canine Partners should contact them on 01730-894830.
Barbara Teasedale and her dog Oliver.