Dog lovers raise £1,300 to help injured heroes

A CHAMPIONSHIP dog show in Kelso became the first in Scotland to raise money for the new charity Hounds for Heroes.

The Hound Association for Scotland’s championship show in Springwood Park put on a special class and raised more than £1,300 for the charity set up last year to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured armed forces and emergency services’ men and women.

Association secretary Drew Littlejohn: commented: “I’m extremely humbled that our exhibitors and supporters have been so overwhelming with their generosity and proud that the Hound Association of Scotland contributed towards providing a hound to help a hero.”

Trade stands and the dog show exhibitors donated prizes and money for the charity class which attracted 163 dogs and Scotland’s most senior naval officer, Rear Admiral Martin Alabaster, presented winner Hector Heathcote and his Scottish Deerhound: Hyndsight Who’s That Girl with the top prize of £100.

The class was judged by Mrs Eleanor Bothwell who recently judged the hound group at Crufts.