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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Owners and pooches mark Nepalese day of the dog at Lowther Castle

Dog walkers were out in force to celebrate their pets at a celebration at a Cumbrian castle.

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Daisy Reeves with her dachshund Otterlie

Around 150 people gathered at Lowther Castle, near Penrith, to treat man’s best friend to a walk to mark Nepalese Day of the Dog.

The event was organised to raise money for three charities – Community Action Nepal, Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre and Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre.

Dogs were garlanded with flowers and their owners were given a Tibetan prayer scarf and a glass of wine ready for an afternoon stroll which was led by Lord Lang of Kersland.

It is part of the Kukir Tihar festival where every year dogs are worshipped to acknowledge the cherished relationship between people and dogs.

Doug Scott, director of operations at Community Action Nepal, said: “We wanted to raise some funds and awareness for three charities that operate in Nepal.

“This is the third year we have held it and it is becoming quite an event in Cumbria, gaining popularity year after year. Everybody was enjoying the countryside and the good company. We will probably have raised about £2,000.”

Dog owners could also buy a piece of Nepalese culture from stalls in the grounds.

After the walk, owners and their dogs were invited to the local church along with eight Nepalese guests where there was a sermon.

The ‘day of the dog’ celebrations were started in London four years ago by Celia Washington of the Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre.

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