A cloudless, blue sky greeted owners and pooches on Sunday, 16 March, as people gathered to support Cruz Azul Murcia’s first major event of the year, a ‘Walk on the Bark Side’, at the Esplanada Barnuevo in Santiago de la Ribera. There were tall ones, small ones and in between ones, and that was just the dogs, who had brought their owners along for a nice stroll along the 3 Km route on the promenade. The tallest dog was Maddie, who came with her owner, Pam Clough, and the tiniest (and youngest) was 11 week old rescue puppy, Tomás, who brought along his mummy, Karen Rubio Vuckovic. The oldest pooch was Billy, at almost 14 years; Billy can’t walk very far, so his owner, Victoria Brook, borrowed a pushchair so that they could take part. First over the finish line was Ella, an enthusiastic Beagle, who ran all the way with her young owner, Liam Taylor.
Each of the participants received a ‘doggy bag’ containing treats, dog waste bags, water with bowl and a special medal, with water stations provided at various points along the route. “We’re delighted to see so many people for our first major event” said Cruz Azul President, Lyn Baines. “The success of this annual event is down to the great work by the Cruz Azul team, the help from our Spanish friends, San Javier’s Voluntariado BT, and all our lovely supporters.” Sponsorship money is still coming in and Cruz Azul anticipates a total fundraising effort of around 750€.
Cruz Azul is run along similar lines to the PDSA in the UK and its mission is to provide veterinary care for the sick and injured pets of people in need and to promote responsible pet ownership. As a new association, Cruz Azul’s priorities will be to:
- Provide and maintain veterinary services on a stable, sustainable and long-term basis.
- Expand these services, in line with a clear and controlled Business Plan as funds and circumstances permit.
- Encourage funding, by raising awareness and developing an understanding of their work.
- Deliver pet health initiatives.
In addition to fundraising events, the Cruz Azul shop, next door to Yorkshire Linen in San Javier, is open daily and sells clothes, accessories, jewellery, furniture, household goods, bric-a-brac, etc. The shop is open Monday to Saturday, from 10.00 to 14.00 each day.
Manager, Sue Thomason, will be delighted to see new customers and to receive donations for the shop. They are always in need of furniture and Cruz Azul can arrange collection of large items. You can email Sue at: Cruz Azul Shop or call her on 693 017 616.
Cruz Azul’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, Barbara Burks, would love to hear from anyone who has some time to spare and would like to help with fundraising. You can email Barbara at: Cruz Azul Volunteers or you can call 693 017 616 for more information.
Here are some memories from Walk on the Barkside: