I know many of my readers are dog owners and even if you don't actually own a dog at present I'm sure you are all animal lovers . I believe the measure of a man or woman is judged by how they treat animals .
So I want you all , just for a moment , to try and imagine how it feels to be an abandoned dog . It could be that you have been left alone in a house or flat , all alone , not realising that your owner has left and will never return . Becoming frantic with worry and hunger , throat dry with thirst . Scratching at the door , whining, barking , trying to get attention . Becoming weaker , giving up hope .
It could be that you have been taken by the owner you loved and dumped , your lead tied to a lamp-post or tree . There you wait for his return , shivering and frightened as the dark begins to engulf you and you start to realise that he is never coming back .
It could be that you have been thrown from a speeding car , your poor thin body bouncing off the tarmac , maybe into the path of another car . If you are lucky you manage to haul yourself into the gutter and lie there , broken and terrified and alone .
The above scenarios are unfortunately very common . Every day these things , and worse, happen to dogs across the country . Rescue centres do their best but space is short and they do not have deep pockets. Inevitably , many dogs have to take the "Last Walk" to be put to sleep.
The PEDIGREE ADOPTION DRIVE is committed to helping the centres provide a safe haven for abandoned dogs , with veterinary facilities and essential equipment .
For a week beginning Monday 17th October , I will be hosting a virtual kennel on this page . You will be able to visit this kennel and take RIPLEY the campaign dog , for a virtual walk . Every completed walk will unlock £1 donation from Pedigree until they hit their target of £100,000
So , how easy it is to make a difference , how easy to help an unfortunate dog . I do hope you will all find time to visit RIPLEY sometime next week . She will be waiting for you
Thank you for taking the time to read this , I do appreciate it .
Next week I will be telling you the story of an abandoned dog and asking you to choose from two possible endings . Lets hope we can make some real life "happy endings " too .