Dogs became Santa Paws to enjoy a fundraising pre-Christmas stroll around a Lynn park at the weekend.
Pet owners were not put off by a horrific dog attack in The Walks last week by turning out in force to support London Marathon runner Lesa Morton’s fancy dress dog walk on Sunday.
People across Lynn have been appalled by the incident in The Walks on Tuesday last week when four loose Staffordshire Bull Terriers attacked 83-year-old Jean Tuck’s Chihuahuas Podge and Phoebe, who died as a result of the incident.
But Mrs Morton said there was a strong community spirit among the walkers in the park on Sunday.
She said: “Given the incident earlier in the week we were not quite sure what the response would be.
“But the walk was really well supported.
“There was lot of community support and there were a lot of dog walkers, which was encouraging.
“People were stopping to talk to us and really enjoyed the fact we were using the park and the dogs were dressed up.”
More 20 dogs, including a large majority of pugs, arrived at the park in Father Christmas costumes along with around 40 people.
Mrs Morton organised the event to raise money for Muffin Pug Rescue and her charity, Arthritis Care.
She needs to raise at least £2,000 before running the London Marathon in April next year.
Mrs Morton, of Fincham, and a team of helpers put together a two-mile walk around the park on Sunday.
She said: “It was a lot of fun and the dogs did amazingly well.
“The majority of dogs were pugs, who do struggle with distance, but all of them completed the course.
“One pug called Ralph sat down and didn’t want to move within 10 yards of the finish line. But he did get up.
“Pugs will do anything for food.
“The fancy dress element was brilliant. We had a lot of Santa Paws and angels. There were a few that were quite comical.”
Jurassic Bark, which is based in Downham, sponsored the event and donated prizes for the best dressed.
Winners were: Dudley, Dave and puppy Dolcie, who were wearing hand knitted Santa costumes.
The walk has raised £110 on the morning with more expected to come in.
Mrs Morton said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Jurassic Bark for supporting the event.”
Following on the success of this walk, Mrs Morton is hoping to hold another in March.
If you would like to support Mrs Morton with her fundraising efforts ahead of the London Marathon email: firstname.lastname@example.org