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St Patrick’s Pilgrim Walk - Day 8 - Sun, 27 September 2020

Goodbye for now

Day 8

And we have done it! Yesterday, we completed our walk and awareness campaign to help end the dog meat trade.

When I start one of our campaigns, it always seems quite long and then all of a sudden it is over—132km/8 2 miles in 7 days.

I certainly enjoyed the trek with my dogs. There is something extraordinary to walk with my dogs alone in the forests or just being somewhere unknown and not knowing where to go.

It is good to see that Madeleine, who is now almost 9 years old, is still a young dog and has no trouble walking distances although she does not like being on the lead too long.

It was great to have the youngest member of the pack Olive enjoy the trek and learn so much. Amazing to see her growing in confidence and being part of the pack.

Thank you all for following our efforts and supporting us. It does mean so much, and I know that sometimes it feels like the campaign to stop the dog meat trade does not seem to gain grounds, but we do.

The most important thing is not to lose faith because if we do, we let all the suffering dogs down, and nothing will change, but the dog meat trade will only grow.

Thanks to people like Michael Chour of the Sound of Animals, things are, be it slow, changing.

Tomorrow, I will have a look to see how much my dogs have raised and I will endeavour to send all those who kindly donated, a personal thank you.

All those who kept us going with lovely messages a big Thank you too!

A special thanks to you, Dallas Buckley and Mervyn Espie who worked hard to gets our campaign in the newspapers.

Rob and the dogs: Madeleine, Hannah, Ronan, Jake, Violet, Wilbur, Pippa and Olive.

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