Not seeing is believing for West Highland Way blind dogs

Photograph Jamie Forbes 8.7.13  Aberfoyle. Glendrick Roost Animal Welfare Centre - Mione Morrison with blind dogs Frodo and Sherlock who are walking the West Highland Way.
Photograph Jamie Forbes 8.7.13 Aberfoyle. Glendrick Roost Animal Welfare Centre - Mione Morrison with blind dogs Frodo and Sherlock who are walking the West Highland Way.

Three plucky blind dogs are nearing the end of a tremendous trek to raise funds for a new home for abandoned animals.

Adorable pup Sherlock and his two buddies Frodo and Flag have been navigating the West Highland Way to bring in cash for Fintry’s Glendrick Roost Animal Welfare Centre.

They are being guided along the Way by the home’s owner, Mione Morrison.

She and the dogs are nearing their attempt to walk the West Highland Way in stages - and when finished will set out on the Great Glen Way from Fort William to Inverness.

As a disabled dog living on the streets of Romania, Sherlock - who lost his sight when maggots infected his eyes - faced a grim future and would almost certainly have perished if it hadn’t been for the Fintry centre.

He is helping to repay Glendrick’s volunteers to help raise cash for a new facility near Gartmore.

The dogs are able to navigate the paths thanks to careful training.

Mione said: “They’ve learned the hard way that disobeying a command will usually result in a bumped head!”

Through the trek Mione is also hoping to raise awareness about disabled animals.

She said: “I want people to understand how much a blind dog or other disabled animal is capable of.

“Through the new centre we hope to educate people, particularly children. By starting with the young we can help change attitudes.”

Since its establishment as a charity in 2003, Glendrick Roost has provided a home for needy animals ranging from gerbils to Clydesdale horses.

Mione houses the animals in a variety of locations and has even had to accommodate a number in her own home – her ‘furry house guests’ currently consist of seven special needs dogs, seven cats, five cockatiels, four tortoises, three turtles and two gerbils.

She added: “The new centre will make a huge difference. It will mean that our animals are in one location.

“We are desperate to fully establish our centre so we can rescue more animals, share their stories with the community and provide educational activities, clubs and volunteering opportunities.

“To do this we need sponsors and donations.”

To donate, text GRAW38 £1 to 70070 or go to www.glendrickroost.org.uk