Dog raises more money for charity than owner
WHEN it comes to raising thousands of pounds for charity pub manager Rob McLintock has a major rival — his dog Mia.
For the 10 year-old Weimaraner bitch has been sponsored for more money than her owner on dozens of charity tasks and challenges for which she is always enthusiastic.
“The big problem is that Mia thinks she’s human,” explained Mr McLintock, who moved to Bolton three months ago to manage the Thomas Egerton pub in Blackburn Road, Egerton (formerly known as The Globe), after it had undergone a complete re-fit.
“She’s actually extremely clever and if you tell her to do something she works out the best way to do it,” he added. “She’ll give me a high five and is happy to sit on her hind legs next to me on a seat for hours.”
Mia has won legions of fans through the various pubs that Mr McLintock has managed in nearly 10 years in the licensed trade. And, because he is a keen and active supporter of local charities, his faithful friend is always happy to go on sponsored walks or climb rough mountain terrain with him.
“Mia has walked Offa’s Dyke (the long border between England and Wales) with us, has climbed the seven peaks in the Lake District and walked hundreds of miles in other events,” explained her owner.
The dogged duo have supported causes ranging from Parkinson’s Disease and Diabetes UK to the RSPCA and St John’s Hospice on the Wirral.
“She always raises more sponsorship money than me — it’s just the sympathy vote,” he laughed.
“But the reality is that Mia has become an important member of the fundraising team, warranting her own water and bowl in her owner’s backpack.
She was also by his side two years ago when he faced a tough battle against cancer of the larynx and months of treatment.
“She was great company then, especially when I couldn’t speak,” he recalled.
Although Mr McLintock does not let his pet in the pub, she is a “regular” in the large new garden and play area and is quickly becoming a favourite with customers.
Now the duo are looking for their next challenge.
“We always involve the pub staff and regulars in all our fundraising so I’m looking forward to doing that here,” said Mr McLintock. “And, of course, so is Mia.”
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