Furry Tail Ending to Barking Mad Fundraising
We are completely in (puppy) love after sponsoring a second Dogs for Good assistance dog puppy named Wendy! Our network of dog sitting franchise owners, hosts, customers and friends have worked hard to raise enough money to support gorgeous Wendy, a yellow Labrador x retriever, throughout her important first year with puppy socialiser Michael. Money was raised through events such as coffee mornings and dog walks, as well as attending local shows and events with collecting tins.
What is Dogs for Good?
Dogs for Good, formerly known as Dogs for the Disabled, trains dogs to help children and adults with all sorts of challenges, including autism, physical disabilities, special educational needs and dementia. Every penny donated to this innovative charity helps with exploring ways dogs can enrich and improve lives and communities. Barking Mad have worked with the charity since October 2017 and we also sponsor a 10 month old Labrador called Prince, who has recently represented the charity at several Dogs for Good fundraising talks.
Why have we called our Dogs for Good puppy Wendy?
We were allocated a second puppy from a litter whose names had to begin with W, due to a naming system which ensures that every puppy’s name is unique. Choosing a puppy name is a big responsibility and there were several guidelines we had to adhere to, such as the name couldn’t sound like a command. We felt that it was only fitting to christen our puppy with the name Wendy, which alludes to our origins in the small Cumbrian town of Kirkby Lonsdale, which has links with the fairy tale of Peter Pan. Author J.M. Barrie was a regular visitor to the market town and is said to have based the characters on the vicar’s children.
Why have we chosen to work with Dogs for Good?
Lee Dancy, Barking Mad founder and MD said,
“We are delighted that Barking Mad’s fundraising efforts have been rewarded with the opportunity to support and train another puppy. As our home from home dog sitting service goes from strength to strength, we are honoured to be able to help contribute to the amazing work which this inspirational charity undertakes.”
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 and this is important to ensure a successful partnership. Thank you to everyone for getting involved!”
Barking Mad will be continuing to raise money to help Dogs for Good to train more desperately needed assistance dogs throughout 2019, by holding local events and via our online fundraising page, https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/barkingmad-dogsforgood.
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