A PAIR of canine carers have hit on the paw-fect way to celebrate five years at a dog charity – taking part in the Great North run to raise pounds for hounds.
Andrew Bainbridge and Paul Cutler started work at Dogs Trust Darlington on the very same day.
The pair will take part in the Great North Run on Sunday and have been keeping fit with plenty of dog-walking miles.
They have also enlisted the help of lurcher Jed, the would-be rescue dog who found fame last week when the charity revealed he had been overlooked by more than 14,000 potential new owners.
Mr Bainbridge, from Shildon, said: "Jed is one of the fastest canine residents at the centre and has been an inspiration to us in our training.
"Lurchers can run in the region of 35mph and whilst we haven’t managed to keep up with Jed over shorter distances he has certainly kept us on our toes.
"We hope that the longer distance of the Great North Run will suit our running style a bit better."
Mr Cutler, from Stockton, added: "Dogs Trust relies on donations and fundraising and after five brilliant years, we wanted to give something extra back to the dogs at the centre
"Sometimes canine carers walk 13 miles a day while walking the dogs, cleaning kennels and other general duties, so we are well used to the half marathon distance."
Jed, who is still available for rehoming, is described as friendly and affectionate chap who could live with a family with sensible, older teenagers and perhaps a female canine companion but no other pets.
To sponsor the friends, visit www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Bainbridge
A video of them training with Jed can be founds at youtu.be/gBvU9Ljr16Y
The rehoming centre can be contacted on 01325-333114.