|Embassy visit for Entlebuchers
Three Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Bella, Sybil and Wilma, represented the Club to meet the Swiss Ambassador at the end of their 552 mile 'Walk for Heidi'.
The Club has been raising money for a final operation for Heidi, a dog in their rescue care, who has ectopic ureter. Over two weeks 23 dogs took part in the sponsored walk to cover the distance from Entlebuch in Switzerland to the Swiss Embassy in London. Although the Club has built up the route on a virtual map and posted updates on their website of their daily theoretical location, the last leg of the walk from Regent's Park to the Embassy was walked on location so they could present the Ambassador with a picture as a gift from the Club.
"The Embassy staff were wonderful and even the Ambassador had been following the progress of our walk and reading about Heidi's plight. It was a very proud moment for all concerned," says Rosemary Kind, Chairman of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain.
With only 92 of the breed in the UK, a quarter of the dogs took part in the walk and between them have raised nearly £2,000 towards the cost of fitting an artificial bladder sphincter for Heidi. This should be the last operation which Heidi needs and will enable her to leave rescue care to live within a normal family environment.
You can follow the detailed story of the walk here