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Dory’s long walk for Wiccaweys

A SPRIGHTLY 14 year-old Border Collie is to embark on a coastal walk with his owner to raise funds for Wiccaweys dog rescue.

Dory has decided to walk the 186-mile Pembrokeshire coastal path for his holiday this year. He has also decided to use this opportunity to raise some moneys for Wiccaweys and will be asking for sponsorship for every mile he walks.

This would be a tall order for any dog, let alone human, but Dory will be 15 in November so this is going to be a big challenge for him.

The aim is to walk as much of the path as possible in the two weeks he and his owners, Vicky and Julian Howe and his Border Collie friend Dab have available. Dory has been given the all clear by his vet to tackle the task at hand.

Dory and Dab are both rescued dogs and both are named after species of fish by owner Vicky, who is a marine biologist my profession, as well as a keen outdoor enthusiast, with walking, mountaineering and scuba-diving all part of her repertoire.

Vicky and Julian regularly foster dogs on behalf of Wiccaweys and decided to use the walking holiday to raise funds for the rescue.

Vicky said she was "gobsmacked" at the response from her friends who have agreed to sponsor Dory. "Those that know Dory know he is one very special dog," said Vicky.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail covers 186 miles (299km) of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Britain. Opened in 1970, it is one of 15 premier long-distance National Trails in England and Wales, all waymarked by the acorn symbol. For info on other National Trails visit the Countryside Council for Wales or Countryside Agency websites.

The end points of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path link to two developing Coast Paths, Ceredigion Coast Path in the North and Carmarthen Bay Coast Path in the south.

Dory's journey starts this Saturday, August 20th. If you would like to sponsor Dory on his intrepid journey, please contact his Mum Vicky at: viks@dory.fslife.co.uk