How volunteering helped fill a gap for Katey…

Louis and I started walking Silas, a
Golden Retriever, a year ago to help in a situation where his owner was unable,
due to health reasons, to keep up with his walking needs.  We have always
wanted a dog, but due to always having cats and living in a flat, it has not
been possible.  Being childfree means we also have a lot of free time, and
due to various reasons, we find it difficult to get out and about as much as
we’d like.  We found OSF through Facebook and immediately thought it was a
fantastic charity and a worthy cause, and would allow us to spend time with
dogs, get out and about more and get some exercise, and help people in
the community at the same time.

Silas is the most amazing dog, and
we thoroughly enjoy walking him and spending time with him. We’ve built a
really good relationship with both him and his owner.  It’s a fantastic
charity for our client, as Silas is her baby and making sure his needs are
taken care of while she is trying to get well and needing to focus on herself
is so important. Silas has had the benefit of making great friendships with new
humans, which he loves, and he is looking much more trim nowadays! He’s full of
love when we’re walking, rolling over and demanding belly rubs, and he always
has a lovely time and is fantastic with other dogs and people.  Because of
his temperament, we were also able to borrow him to be an
OSF ambassador at a stand in Sainsburys in Mildenhall.  As soon as he
arrived, people gravitated towards us and we were able to chat to lots of
people about the fantastic work the charity does, and everyone loved him.

Without OSF, Si’s health would not
be improving as much as it is, as the consistent walks have really helped him
lose some extra pounds, and having walkers who are reliable and focused on Si’s
care I’m sure has assuaged any concerns his owner had about him not getting the
attention or exercise that he needs.  She knows she can trust us
implicitly with him, which gives her peace of mind, which is so important for
people who are unwell and in a situation where they need help caring for their
fur babies who mean so much to them.

We absolutely love Silas and his owner, and we look forward to continuing to be a part of their lives.