Bob and Darkie find new home together - in Cumbria

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Bob Harvey and his dog Darkie
Bob Harvey and his dog Darkie

A pensioner who faced being evicted from a Scottish care home in a row over his dog will move across the border to Cumbria today.

Bosses at Ecclefechan's Burnfoot Hall told Bob Harvey that he must leave if he wanted to keep his beloved pet – a miniature schnauzer called Darkie.

A petition set up in support of Bob in December last year has since gained more than 260,000 signatures from people around the world.

Mr Harvey was served with an eviction notice, stating that both he Darkie must leave Burnfoot Hall by April 19. Despite being reluctant to leave the home, he will move into a bungalow in Longtown, supported by friends and well-wishers.

Mr Harvey was served with the notice after bosses at the home said they had witnessed Darkie “coming out of nowhere, barking and becoming aggressive at a family” and that doors were “constantly left open” allowing him “free reign”.

The petition was set up by Carlisle woman Tracey Streit, a family friend of Mr Harvey whose father used to work alongside him.

“I think he's a bit nervous, but he realised that he was going to have to leave,” she told the News & Star.

“It's a privately rented bungalow. He saw it and liked the look of it.

“We got in contact with the estate agent and we found out the landlord was aware of Bob's story and was quite keen for him to have Darkie there as well.

"We'll be going to visit him quite often because we look after Darkie three times a week while Bob has dialysis.”

Tracey, who lives off Brampton Old Road, also set up a JustGiving page in support of Mr Harvey.

“We managed to raise £39,500,” she said. “But we've put it back up there to try and get a bit more money.

"Because it's a private property, the money will go towards Bob's care package and other living costs.

“We've also kept the petition going in the hope of reaching 300,000 signatures to try and raise as much awareness as possible about how he's been treated.”

Mr Harvey has also been helped by the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a charity based in Penrith which was originally set up by Kerryanne Wilde in the wake of the 2015 floods.

The organisation has since expanded and hands out donated furniture to a wide range of people in need.

“We heard about Bob's story and wanted to help,” Kerryanne said. “He came down to have a look what we had in.

"We managed to find two chairs that were an older style and were pretty much the same as the ones he used to have. We're looking forward to delivering them to him.”

Anyone who would like to sign the petition can do so by visiting www.change.org

Donations can also be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/savebobsdog

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Tracey   Streit , Carlisle Thursday, 27 April, 2017 at 6:32AM
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