We were busy this weekend; we held a dog show and raised over £400 for Support Dogs
On Sunday 31st August we held our very own dog show in Horsforth Hall Park to raise money for Support Dogs; a charity that provides, trains and supports dogs who are sent to help those with various medical conditions.
For the team at Towerwood Vets, there was a very special reason why we chose to donate our proceedings from the day to this charity in particular.
Around Christmas time, a lady named Kirsty McGowan brought her Labrador Golden Retriever cross, Bailey to our practice for his first check-up. It was at this appointment we heard her wonderful story.
Kirsty told us how her son Charlie has a type of autism that affects his senses and the way they work together. She explained that before Bailey came along, she couldn’t even nip to the shop with Charlie because the sensory overload would cause him great distress.
Kirsty said: “I had heard great things about Support Dogs, but was very sceptical about how much help they could provide Charlie and my family. However, I joined the waiting list – five long years now I look back – thinking ‘what have we got to lose?’
“When we got Bailey, the change in Charlie was instantaneous. Charlie quickly accepted being attached to Bailey whilst walking, and it was also apparent that the new member of our family also provided great comfort and support to our son in situations he perceives as frightening or traumatic.
“One great example of Bailey’s influence on my son is when we take Charlie for his blood tests, which he has to have regularly. Before Bailey came along it would take a number of us to restrain my son and attempt to calm him – often to no prevail – in this situation. However, the first time we took him to have his blood taken with Bailey, we strolled straight into the hospital. I was delighted!”
As soon as we heard Kirsty’s story we decided we wanted to show our support for Support Dogs; and our dog show was the perfect opportunity to do so.
We invited our clients and their pets, as well as non-clients to enter their pooches into our competition, which had a number of categories. Overall, we had 119 dogs enter, a panel of ‘guest’ judges and an afternoon filled with fun.
Our dog show and collection tins allowed us to raise a whopping £405.36 for Support Dogs, which we’re all extremely proud about. However, it costs up to £30,000 to train and support a dog like Bailey, so we will continue to raise money, as well as awareness whenever possible.
The Support Dogs charity receives no government funding and relies on donations and sponsorship alone. Therefore, if would like to donate to this life changing cause please don’t hesitate to pop in to see us, or visit www.supportdogs.co.uk.