'skin and bone and shot with an airgun' – 1000 miles with my rescue dog

Phil Jones retired in November 2017 shortly after rehoming Cretan rescue dog Beauty. The challenge was just what they needed to bond!

long after Beauty had come to join us. She’s a 9-10 year old Pointer dog we rescued from Crete last year. When she was found she was skin and bone and had been shot with an airgun. It took the Souda Bay Project dog rescue home 12 months to nurse her back to a level of fitness where she could be adopted.

She’d a hard life being used for breeding and then thrown out, presumably when of no use to the breeders anymore. It seemed a great time to do the challenge as I suddenly had enough spare to walk a lot more and the perfect companion. 

The walking has kept me active after losing all the exercise normally done running busy construction sites. It has also bonded me and Beauty. I have yet to find a walk to tire her out! After 15 miles or even up and down Snowdon she still has plenty of energy left. I wish I could say the same!

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She’s been a great walking partner and is now enjoying life to the full in her new home – the arrival of Country Walking magazine through the letterbox is always a cause excitement for both of us!

We’ve walked mainly in North Wales including a lot of the Anglesey Coast Path. The highlight was probably on Yr Wyddfa up the Pyg track and back on the Miners track. But the walk that tipped us over the top was to Aber Falls in North wales. We can’t wait to do it all again!