First dog signed up for Great North Dog Walk 2013

Ruben, a 17-week-old Hungarian Viszla, has become the first dog to sign up for this year’s Great North Dog Walk.

Accompanying Ruben on the walk will be his family, made-up of dad, Simon, mum, Clare and two boys, Luke and Joel.

Simon’s father Harry will also be joining in at the event. The retired bus driver enjoys taken Ruben out as part of the dog’s daily routine. He commented how the whole family has been brought closer together since Ruben’s arrival three months ago.

“Ruben has been a fantastic addition to our family that has seen us all go out more regularly on local walks,” Harry said.

“Having a dog is a great way for everyone to stay healthy and keep fit, taking Ruben out in the fresh air has definitely given me a new lease of life.

“The Great North Dog Walk is a useful way of letting local dog owners know about beautiful open spaces to enjoy.”

Councillor Ernest Gibson, deputy mayor of south Tyneside, officially started the Great North Dog Walk in 2012. He remarked: “The successful annual event brings thousands of visitors to South Tyneside and helps to raise the wider tourism profile of the borough on a global scale. Everyone who attends The Great North Dog Walk has a chance to absorb the idyllic coastal setting and explore what South Tyneside has to offer.”

For more information about the Great North Dog Walk visit

Image: Harry Dent; Ruben; and Councillor Tracey Dixon (credit: Alan White)

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