Fundraising,  News

Cruz Azul Walks on the Bark Side Again


Cruz Azul supporters gathered with their dogs on the promenade in Santiago de la Ribera on Sunday, 28 September for their second ‘Walk on the Bark Side’. On arrival, many of the roads in Santiago de la Ribera had been closed, due to a half-marathon, but the determined walkers and barkers still managed to arrive in good time at the start line. Despite heavy, dark clouds and the threat of thunderstorms, the weather was kind and nobody got wet on the 3 kilometer walk along the prom.

Over thirty owners and dogs completed the walk, helping to raise 236 Euros for the charity. All shapes and sizes of pooch took part; including Daisy Doo, the English Bulldog with her special buggy and Ray, the Miniature Schnauzer, adorned with a colourful lei, who is from Australia and wanted to say ‘Aloha’ to everyone. First across the finish line was Darren Messenger with Tobi.

Each of the participants received a ‘doggy bag’ containing treats, dog waste bags, water with bowl and a special medal. The bottled water was kindly donated by Time Out Sports Bar in San Javier. “Our first Walk on the Bark Side was so successful that people asked us to organise another one and we’re delighted to see so many people, in spite of the inclement weather. It was great to have a drink and a chat together at the end of the walk too” said Cruz Azul President, Lyn Baines. “The success of today’s event is down to the great work by the Cruz Azul team: Sue Thomason, Ian Roberts, Marg and Tony Fryers, and all our lovely supporters.”

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.

A second shop will be opening on Friday, 24 October in San Pedro del Pinatar on the Avenida Artero Guirao, opposite the Confiteria Alicia. Manager, Sue Thomason will be delighted to see new customers in San Javier and to receive donations for both shops there. Ian Roberts will be at the new San Pedro shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 until 14.00 to receive donations. They are always in need of furniture and Cruz Azul can arrange collection of large items. You can email Sue on 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: or you can call 691 919 804 for more information.

Here are some memories from the event:

Photographers: Michael Prentice and Ian Roberts