Can you go walkies with Ziggy?

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A DYING woman who is wracked with guilt because she is too unwell to take her dog for a walk is appealing for someone to take on the task.

Diane Rainnie, 65, from Westbrook Grove, Caistor, feels guilty her two-year-old black and white lurcher, Ziggy, has not had a lot of exercise since she was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

Mrs Rainnie’s cancer has spread from her kidney to her lungs and she does not know how long she has left to live – but all the former disadvantaged children’s helper is concerned about is finding someone to walk her beloved pet dog.

She said: “It would make me so happy if I could find someone willing to take him out for walks – he’s quite a bouncy dog and really enjoys getting exercise.

“I’ve had him since he was ten weeks old and love him to bits – I feel so guilty that he’s not getting his walks. I manage to go outside with him for very short time but he’s used to going to a field and doing a lot of running. I feel terrible.”

Mrs Rainnie would like someone to take Ziggy for a 20 to 30-minute walk in the mornings and again in the afternoon – she said he is a lovely dog and will get on with anyone.

She is also looking for people to look after her dog and two cats when she goes into hospital for chemotherapy.

She said: “He’s quite a bouncy dog and absolutely loves people – when he first meets anyone he jumps up for the first five minutes before he settles down. He’s just lovely and is perfectly okay when he’s out and about.”

Mrs Rainnie said: “I’ve got cancer and haven’t had a prognosis yet, but it’s just a matter of how long. I want to know that my pets are well looked after.”

If you think you can help Mrs Rainnie call her daughter, Wendy Evans, on 07805 327891.

The Cinnamon Trust – a charity to help keep pets with their elderly and terminally ill owners – would like to hear from anyone in Caistor who thinks they can offer their time to look after people’s pets and help with duties such as taking them to the vet. Call Sally Collins on 01736 758707 or e-mail volunteer@cinnamon.org.uk.