YORKSHIRE PUB IS TOP DOG FOR CANINE CHARITY EVENT
A brisk 'hair of the dog' will be given quite another meaning at the multi-award winning Durham Ox, Crayke on October 4, when it links up with dog charity The Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) for its annual Meet and Greet Walk, an event which is organised to promote and highlight the re-homing of retired greyhounds.
The Durham Ox
, already a favourite haunt for hounds (and their owners) will be opening up its lovely Ox Barn, as the meeting point and watering hole for the Trust's hour-long ramble around the Crayke Estate Trail.
Up to 40 greyhounds will descend on the inn at 1pm on Saturday, along with the Trust's local Northallerton group, headed up by Karen Fraser and accompanied by John Tanner Smith, who has already adopted several greyhounds from the RGT over the years. After the walk, the group will fill up on tea, coffee (and dog biscuits!) in the pub.
"The Durham Ox walk is our favourite annual event as it's based in such a beautiful area and is such a dog-friendly pub," says volunteer Karen Fraser, from the Northallerton branch of the RGT, which re-homes more than 4,000 greyhounds each year. "It's a superb 'shop window' for people thinking of re-homing one of these lovely animals. Each year, approximately 8,000 greyhounds retire from racing and it's crucial they're given good, caring homes to go to when their work is over."
"It's a real social occasion for all the dogs, owners and potential owners," says Michael Ibbotson from The Durham Ox, who owns rescue dogs himself. "The walk is a great opportunity for people thinking about adopting a greyhound to see them in the flesh, give them a stroke and walk them - and of course enjoy a good stroll and a pint! As we've always offered a warm welcome to dogs and dog walkers, we are delighted to be involved."
John Tanner-Smith, who's been a local customer of the pub for more than 15 years, says: "Michael and his wife Sasha have always been incredible supporters of our cause, and as an owner of rescue dogs himself, Michael knows what these special dogs need."