Dogs take on reindeer role in the forest

Rosie Irving with Dylan her Newfoundland Dog who is one of the members of the Aqua Nova Water Bears training club who will be on hand to carry Christmas treesat Dalby forest this year in exchange for a charity donation. Picture by Tony Bartholomew

Rosie Irving with Dylan her Newfoundland Dog who is one of the members of the Aqua Nova Water Bears training club who will be on hand to carry Christmas treesat Dalby forest this year in exchange for a charity donation. Picture by Tony Bartholomew

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A PACK of 12-stone dogs are giving a helping paw at Dalby Forest this Christmas.

The team of Newfoundland Dogs has been recruited by the Forestry Commission to help carry Christmas trees back to visitors’ cars.

The gentle giants are owned by enthusiasts from the Aqua Nova Water Bears training club and will be bidding to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Scarborough and Ryedale and Mountain Rescue through donations for each tree transported.

Katie Thorn, Forestry Commission Recreation manager, said; “It’s a fantastic crowd-pleasing way to buy a tree and have the dogs tow it back to the car in a cart. Real trees use 10 times fewer materials to produce and five times less energy than artificial trees so it’s a good way of being kind to the planet.”

The dogs will be in Dalby on the weekends of December 10 and 11, and 17 and 18, along with a green Father Christmas.