Marathon 96-mile trek is the‘Way’ to go for dog charity fundraisers

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Dog loving fundraisers are gearing up to lead the way in a marathon trek and raise funds for a canine charity.

The Saints Sled Dog Rescue charity provides a vital service caring for abandoned Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes.

Now a group of volunteers are preparing to take part in a sponsored trek along the West Highland Way to raise funds for the charity.

East Dunbartonshire woman Fiona Anderson will be taking part in the 96-mile hike with her three huskies - Bazza, Bindi and Cruize.

Fiona said: “Huskies are the ‘in’ dog just now because of the Game of Thrones TV programme.

“They’re soft, cuddly and affectionate dogs, but they need a lot of exercise at the same time.

“They’re big softies, but they get to a certain age and people can’t cope with them.”

Fiona and her friends will be raising funds for the Saints Sled Dog Rescue charity.

She wants to highlight the fact that a good knowledge of the breed is essential and thorough research should be done before getting one.

Volunteer at Saints Sled Dog Rescue, James Tait (52), said: “These dogs have a great nature, if given the right homes and the right people to raise them.

“They are well known to be loyal, but they need to be worked or walked. “

He added:“Many people expect that they can just be kept as a pet without giving them the exercise that they need, which is why there are so many in rescue centres today.”