DEB Rogers knew it would rain this week. After washing 13 dogs, large and small, as part of a fundraiser for Guide Dogs and the RSPCA at Mad Dog Deli in Stanwell Park last Saturday, it was inevitable.
“I washed dogs from 9am to 4pm,” said the proprietor of Barkin Beauty Canine Clippery. “I was exhausted.”
The event raised $330 to be divided between the two organisations which rely on donations to operate. The half hour wash cost $20 with all proceeds going to Guide Dogs and the RSPCA.
Mad Dog Deli owner Lawrence Gambotto said he was “blown away” by the number of people who got involved.
“It was such a good thing that so many people supported the dog wash,” he said.
Mr Gambotto and his wife Claire are raising a guide dog puppy, Shayla, who will be with them for six months before embarking on serious training.
“We realized how important the role is for (blind and vision impaired) people,” he said. “Helping to train a dog gives people freedom.”
Future fundraising events are planned however Ms Rogers said next time she would bring her partner to help.