DOG lovers have paid tribute to a talented animal trainer who died after she was hit by a car while walking along Blackpool Promenade.
Jennifer Jones died on Friday night after sustaining what were at first thought to be only minor injuries after she stepped out into the road and was in collision with a car earlier that evening.
But the wounds to her head and leg proved more serious and she died later that night.
Friends today told The Gazette the 68-year-old had lived for her dogs.
Miss Jones was a loyal member of a number of dog clubs across the Fylde coast and was widely respected for her work with animals.
She attended Blackpool Collegiate School for Girls and spent all her working life at Premium Bonds.
Her best friend Pam Anderton, who now lives in Formby, Merseyside, described Miss Jones as a genuine, straightforward person.
She added: “There was no side to Jennifer at all.
“She would do anything for you, anything for anybody who needed help. She was always there.
“She was always thinking of other people, she wasn’t selfish in any way, shape or form. She was just a lovely, genuine person. I am going to miss her.”
Mrs Anderton, also 68, said Miss Jones used to enjoy horse riding, and took exams so she could judge horse shows in her younger years.
As she grew older she turned her attention to dogs.
Mrs Anderton added: “Certainly in her later years, dogs were her life.”
Miss Jones would walk her pets every day, whatever the weather, and would take them to classes up to four nights a week.
Barbara Whittaker, 60, of Hardhorn Road, Poulton, secretary of Fylde K9 Dancers, said Miss Jones’ dog dancing display won a standing ovation at their Christmas Party on Wednesday night.
She added: “She did a fantastic routine with her three dogs, it was quite rare. Everyone gave her a standing ovation, they were all amazed at what she could do. She must have been on cloud nine. I was gutted when I heard the news, she will be dearly missed.
“She’ll always be in my heart.”
The club has said it would be paying its respects to Miss Jones, who lived in Banks Street, Blackpool, in the coming weeks.
Miss Jones had three dogs which she was walking along Queen’s Promenade when she collided with a silver Ford Focus.
Friends said they were devastated to hear the news over the weekend and were now making plans to rehome her Sheltie dogs - Jamie, Mickey and Darcy.
Karen Lamkin, of Wyre (Lancs) Agility Club, of which Miss Jones was also a member, said: “She was a very kind lady. She loved her dogs, they were nice, very sociable. We went out looking for them because they ran off.”
The club’s chairman Alan Wildman added: “We couldn’t have wished for a club member who was more committed.
“She was one of the characters of the club and she will be missed by all the members of Wyre.”
Mr Wildman said the group held a toast in Miss Jones’ memory at its annual awards last night.
Miss Jones’ neighbour Jackie Brown said she had been a tough, “happy-go-lucky” woman.
She added: “She grew up here, and lived here all her life. Everyone knew Jennifer.
“I was so sorry to hear the news, I will certainly remember her.”