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Lack of pet canine evokes London Marathon entry


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A eager runner goes the additional mile for pets in want after signing as much as this 12 months’s TCS London Marathon in reminiscence of her canine who died final 12 months.

Joanne Dobie, (46), is working the 26.2-mile problem to boost very important funds for main vet charity PDSA after dropping her canine, a black labrador cross known as Coopers, final 12 months to most cancers.


“We lost our lovely girl Coopers last year and it totally broke us,” defined Joanne. “She was solely 10 years old, and it was all very sudden.

“In the times earlier than we needed to make the horrible choice to let her go, we spent loads of time within the vets, as she needed to have checks and scans to try to discover out what was unsuitable and whether or not any remedy was attainable. Sadly, Coopers had kidney failure and incurable most cancers and it was the kindest choice for her to have her put to sleep.

“We had been within the lucky position of getting pet insurance coverage that lined a lot of the payments. Which meant we didn’t have to fret about how we had been going to pay for them, similtaneously being so upset and heartbroken about what was occurring to our greatest good friend.

“The experience really highlighted for me how important charities such as PDSA are, as during that time I could imagine how awful it must be for pet owners who are unable to afford veterinary bills or pet insurance, especially during such an emotional point in a pet owner’s life.”

It’s been almost 12 months since Coopers handed away and Joanne says there’s nonetheless a gap in her household.

“Just before Coopers passed away, the London Marathon was on and I pledged then that I would run the marathon next year and raise money for PDSA in Coopers’ honour.”

The self-employed editor who lives together with her husband Greg (48) in North London isn’t new to the problem.

“I ran the London Marathon 15 years ago when I was a lot younger,” she laughed. “I’m nonetheless a really eager runner although. I’ve accomplished quite a few half-marathons, three marathons and one half-ironman in my time. I get pleasure from it!

“I’m halfway there with my fundraising, it’s mainly come from generous friends and family who have seen my social media training updates, I also had a massive clear out and sold loads of clothes on Vinted.”

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Faye Waters, Fundraising Manager at PDSA, stated: “We’re all so thankful to Joanne for choosing to run for PDSA this year in memory of Coopers. Her generous fundraising efforts will enable us to continue our life-saving work, treating pets whose owners have nowhere else to turn. It is thanks to the incredible support of kind-hearted people like Joanne that we are able to provide vital treatment for poorly animals and make a real difference to their owners’ lives.”

To assist Joanne on her marathon go to page/joanne-dobie-pdsa

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