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Leading the way for fund-raising

Barking Mad franchisees, including Tina Young, seated left. Labrador Christa gave a demonstration of her skills as a Dogs For Good ambassador.
Barking Mad franchisees, including Tina Young, seated left. Labrador Christa gave a demonstration of her skills as a Dogs For Good ambassador.

Dog holiday specialist Barking Mad is helping a charity whose aim is train dogs to help people with disabilities.

The Northumberland franchise is, with nearly 70 others, now officially partnered with Dogs for Good.

Tina Young, who started the local franchise in 2005 and has customers and hosts throughout south east Northumberland, said: “We are so proud to announce that Dogs for Good is Barking Mad’s chosen charity for 2018.

“Dogs for Good train dogs to support people with a wide range of disabilities, including children with autism, in order to enrich and improve lives.”

The many day-to-day tasks the dogs are trained to carry out include opening and closing doors, helping with dressing and undressing and loading a washing machine.

As part of its practical help, Barking Mad Northumberland aims to raise enough money to fund the training of a Dogs for Good puppy.

Tina said: “We have already raised £139 from a cupcake sale and a host coffee morning. And we will also be seeking voluntary donations of a pound with every dog holiday booking we make.”

She added: “Through our work, we recognise the benefits that having a dog in the house can bring. We offer the opportunity to care for someone else’s dog whilst its owners are away and we witness the difference that canine companions can make in terms of improving social interaction and fitness.” 

Cathryn Simpson, corporate partnerships manager for Dogs for Good, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Barking Mad; there’s obvious synergy between the two organisations in respect of the dogs but more importantly the ethos of both organisations is closely matched.”