Animal Magic: Sally set for hike with owners

Border Collie Sally with Michele Booth and her husband SUS-140818-131407001
Border Collie Sally with Michele Booth and her husband SUS-140818-131407001

A COUPLE are taking on a charity trek with their border collie to raise money for a good cause.

Michele Booth and her husband are in training for a 177-mile walk along Offa’s Dyke.

“I have been head of education at St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester for just over three years and me, my husband, myself and our rescue border collie Sally’s main holiday this year in September is walking the 177 miles which is known as Offa’s Dyke, the old border between England and Wales,” said Michele.

“We will of course be raising money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in the process.”

In order to help the family achieve their goal, they have shed some 75 lbs in weight between them.

“We will be practising by doing the 64-mile local Serpent Trail over the bank holiday weekend,” said Michele.

“The highlight of this for me will be staying overnight at Sheps Hollow in Henley, West Sussex.

“Apparently this is the old home of John Noakes and his dog Shep. It seems very appropriate to stay there with our own border collie Sally who looks remarkably like Shep, I think.”

Shep was a famous Blue Peter dog who was ‘inseparable’ from his owner, and replaced Petra – the longest serving Blue Peter pet – in 1977. The Serpent Trail runs from Haslemere High Street and leads through West Sussex.

The Offa’s Dyke walk also has some significance for Michele and her husband.

“This particular route was chosen as we walked part of it when we had a second date in 2008, we married in 2009.

“We have never walked the whole route before now and lots of people do this route in two halves.”