Gina O’Neill loves nothing better than taking her two dogs for a walk.
The mum, from Cleveleys, will be taking them for a special walk on March 1, in order to raise money for a cause very close to her heart.
One of Gina’s pet Staffordshire bull terriers, Bella, is a foster dog, who she is taking care of on behalf of charity Scoobie Doo Dog Rescue.
She will be raising money for the dog rescue – set up by Claire Golder from Cumbria – with her sponsored walk, from South Pier to Fleetwood.
Gina, who also has a two-year-old daughter Sienna, said: “I absolutely love my two dogs, they are beautiful.
“I love Staffordshire bull terriers and think they get a bad press really.
“Scoobie Doo Dog Rescue is a cause close to my heart. It helps find foster homes for dogs and to re-home dogs, but is very careful about the families and homes it allows the dogs to go to.
“And it never puts a healthy dog down.
“It’s so sad to see dogs who are unwanted or have been mistreated or neglected.
“With the Dangerous Dogs Act, a lot of people could no longer have bull terriers, so they went for the nearest relation, the Staffy.
“Some people over-breed them, some people don’t train them properly, some people treat them terribly and some people train them to fight.
“It makes me really sad and it leads to the breed getting a bad press. It’s not the breed at fault.
“Staffies are lovely dogs, they are loyal, they are so loving, they are amazing dogs.
“My two-year-old daughter adores them and they love her.
“I find it so rewarding having them as pets.
“So I decided I wanted to do something to raise money for the charity, for all the good work it does, but also to raise awareness of the dog rescue and of the plight of Staffies in general.”
Gina will be catching the tram to South Shore with her two dogs for the sponsored walk, which is around 10.5 miles.
The 27-year-old said: “I go walking every day on the beach with the dogs and they love it.
“They can already manage about six miles, so they will have no problems – they will probably be dragging me along!
“I’ll be taking a collecting bucket with me and wearing a hoodie with the charity logo, so I can hopefully let people know what Scoobie Doo Dog Rescue is all about.
“It’s something I feel so passionate about.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Gina can do so via Paypal, under the account firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information, visit scoobydoo-dogrescue.webs.com or email email@example.com