Dog walking adventure

The annual Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind (IGDB) Family Dog Walk will take on Sunday July 15 next at 3pm in The Mall, Longford. Dog-lovers and their canine best friends are invited to come along to an event which is now in its second year in Longford.

The annual Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind (IGDB) Family Dog Walk will take on Sunday July 15 next at 3pm in The Mall, Longford. Dog-lovers and their canine best friends are invited to come along to an event which is now in its second year in Longford.

“The walk usually takes about an hour and a half and we go around the Mall,” said Jim Heavey, owner of guide dog Zonta, who is five-years-old.

He added: “Maxi Zoo will be there giving out goodie bags. Last year we had about seventy people at it.”

On the day members of the IGDB will be selling reflective armbands for €5 for a pair of two. Donations are also welcomed, according to organisers.

At a national level, IGDB is asking communities across the country to participate in local events. Supported by Olympian Sonia O’Sullivan, the organisation hopes to raise €50,000 for those who are visually impaired and families of children with autism.

According to IGDB the money raised on the day will help Irish Guide Dogs to train more puppies to become guide and assistance dogs of the future. The campaign is supported by Bayer, Maxi Zoo and Rotary Ireland. For further information visit www.guidedogs.ie or call 1850 506 300.