Helping make a dog’s life better

Paul Connolly with Mariska
Paul Connolly with Mariska
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Wolfspeak cares for canines

It is often said that dogs are a man’s best friend, so what better way to show that you care by raising money and awareness of the suffering that they are so often subjected to.

Wolfspeak charity event flyer

Wolfspeak charity event flyer

And Wolfspeak, do exactly that.

The man behind the dog rescue charity is Paul Connolly, who has spent most of his life in the company of dogs.

A Home Office qualified dog trainer and canine behaviourist, Paul, along with his wife Sylvia, run Professional Dog Training Services in Cupar and have done so since he retired as a Police Dog handler, trainer and instructor in 2003. They have dedicated their lives to helping dogs in any way they can.

They take on rescue cases, run numerous dog training classes in Fife and raise money for a number of dog charities.

At an event last year, over £6000 was raised for three dog charities; German Shepherd Rescue (Scotland), Springer Rescue Scotland and Blind Dogs UK and Paul hopes that this year they can build on that success.

He said: “We are keen to help any animal charity or event. We had a great response in terms of fundraising for those that came along to the training classes. So we got together and that’s how the charity events happened.

“After the success of 2013’s event, we took in a large number of applications from charities and rescue centres that we could support. In the end we have decided on eight that we shall be lending our support to this year.”

Wolfspeak will be lending their support this year to Shar Pei Rescue and Support (Scotland), West Yorkshire Dog rescue, German Shepherd Rescue Scotland, Springer Rescue for Scotland, Our Friends Dog rescue (Romania), Emergency Animal Rescue Support, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia and Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue Scotland.

Paul Connolly with Boston the dog during a training class

Paul Connolly with Boston the dog during a training class

Paul is keen for Wolfspeak to be able to show its support to charities not just in the UK, but all over the world as well.

“The situation abroad regarding the treatment of dogs is really quite dreadful,” continued Paul. “We collect together food and bedding that has been kindly donated to us and send it over.

“We’re really just trying to do our bit to help not only by raising money, but also to raise awareness of the plight of these rescue dogs.”

And that is exactly what the charity is all about; doing all that they can to help dogs that, through no fault of their own, have been left with no home, being subjected to cruelty and may be put down to sleep - all just because they don’t have anyone to love them.

“As a charity, we just want to put ourselves out there to say that we do care,” added Paul.

Wolfspeak charity appeal event

To raise money for local, national and international dog rescue charities, Wolfspeak are holding a charity event on Saturday, July 5 at Wester Kilmany Farm, near Cupar.

There wil be something for all the family - even the four-legged members!

For the kids there will be a football challenge when East Fife Woman’s FC take part in “beat the goalie”, bouncy castle, face painting and play area. There will also be a jazzercise class, a reptile tent so you can get up close and personal with some scaly friends, dog training talks, agility displays and a kids dog show where they will have the opportunity to show off their four-legged friends.

The usual familiar stalls will be there such as tombola, cake and candy, crafts and books and bbq and a Krispy Kreme stall for when you get peckish.

The event kicks off at 10.00 a.m., admission is free and there will be plenty of free parking spaces.

All proceeds raised will be split between eight dog rescue charities.