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Caithness animal activist does a month of charity dog walks


By David G Scott

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A Caithness woman raised £250 for an animal welfare charity through a month of dog walking treks across the county.

Lyth-based animal activist and model Natalie Oag teamed up with her "little fundraising chihuahua" to take on the challenge of walking 75km during the month of September to raise money for the charity World Animal Protection.

Natalie Oag with dogs Louis Vuitton, Benjamin Buttons, Princess Tia and Gizmo after a 5km walk on day 23.
Natalie Oag with dogs Louis Vuitton, Benjamin Buttons, Princess Tia and Gizmo after a 5km walk on day 23.

Natalie said: "This is one of my favourite charities as they do so much for animals all over the globe.

"They really have made such a difference and continue to make the world a better place for all animals, from helping rescue bears from baiting and dancing; tigers from being farmed for traditional medicines and tiger selfies; saving dolphins form captive entertainment venues; and to helping street dogs. They really are an amazing charity."

Natalie with from left, Benjamin Buttons, Marty, Louis Vuitton, Gizmo and Princess Tia.
Natalie with from left, Benjamin Buttons, Marty, Louis Vuitton, Gizmo and Princess Tia.

Natalie said the challenge was good fun, encouraging her to walk more with her "best friend" Louis the chihuahua. She said she stumbled across some places in Caithness that she did not know existed and were a "delightful surprise".

A number of walkers came along to support her and together with a bevy of assorted dogs they journeyed south to Sutherland to climb Ben Bhraggie and raise a total of £250 for World Animal Protection.

"Louis Vuitton was supported with his canine friends joining him on many of his adventures along the way," she said. "It was great fun while raising money for an incredible charity and making new friends with similar interests."

Natalie said she was proud to be part of Team September and help make a difference to the world by helping protect animals. "Even if we can change the life of just one animal, that’s a start. One voice can make an impact, many voices can change history. Let’s be that voice for the voiceless animals."

For more information on World Animal Protection visit: www.worldanimalprotection.org.uk/


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