Dogs are fine companions, but what happens when their owners are no longer able to give them the exercise they need through age or illness?
This is the situation Ursula Pye found herself in following problems with arthritis and two hip operations.
Unable to take her dogs for a walk, Miss Pye, of Diss, was helped by charity the Cinnamon Trust.
It is the national charity for the elderly and terminally ill and their pets.
It seeks to keep owner and pet together for as long as possible with the help of a national network of volunteers who assist when day to day care poses a problem.
The charity helped walk Miss Pye’s dogs and even arranged foster care when she had her operations.
The charity is now in need of more volunteers in Diss, to help Miss Pye and others who may be in the unfortunate position of not being able to do the best for their pet.
Miss Pye said: “It meant a lot to be helped by the Cinnamon Trust. I felt I was not doing the dogs much good.”
The terrier dogs have since died, and Miss Pye has a new dog, one needling less vigorous exercise - a Pekingese - a very small ‘toy’ breed of dog.
She is still helped by the Cinnamon Trust, where three different people volunteer to walk two-year-old Pippa.
Miss Pye said volunteers for the Cinnamon Trust benefit from walking and building a relationship with her dog, without having to look after her all day.
The Cinnamon Trust helps owners of all types of pet. Find out more via the website www.cinnamon.org.uk or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org