Fred Simpson walks dogs for housebound pet owners. Photo: EADT Suffolk Magazine
Seventy-eight-year-old Fred Simpson loves to walk dogs not only for exercise but also to help out fellow dog owners. Fred has two dogs of his own, but when he walks the seafront in Felixstowe in Suffold, England he can be surrounded by dogs and pushing an old-fashioned pram. He walks dogs that otherwise might not get out because the dogs' owners are housebound and cannot walk their dogs themselves.
The Englishman tells EADT Suffolk Magazine that he loves it. "I love doing it – it’s good for the dogs and it’s great for the owners I am helping. Many of the owners are housebound or cannot walk very far at all, and some are people who are out all day, and so they cannot exercise their dogs – many of them would have to give up their dogs if I didn’t take them out," he said.
Photo: EADT Suffolk Magazine
Fred has been involved with the Felixstowe Dog Training Club for 35 years. He walks up to nine dogs at a time and said the pram comes in handy when smaller dogs become tired and cannot walk as far as the big dogs. The pram also comes in handy to carry the dog poop he cleans up off the street and beach from lazy dog owners who refuse to clean up after their dogs.
Note: The pram Fred uses on his walk is starting falling apart, so Simpson is asking anyone has an old Marmet or Silver Cross carry cot style pram they are no longer using and would like to help him out to give him a call at 01394 277330.
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