Scottish woman plans to cross Sahara desert after pet traumatized by puppy farm
A Scottish woman plans to cross the Sahara Desert after her pet is traumatized by a puppy farm.
Lynn Lamont of Linlithgow takes on “the world’s toughest run” to keep other animals from suffering like her dog did.
Bramble the Cocker Spaniel left physical and mental scars after being born into the illegal puppy trade.
She was seized at the puppy farm along with 70 other dogs in 2017 and had to undergo veterinary treatment as a result.
Bramble spent 10 months in rehab with SSPCA rescuers before eventually finding a home with Lynn.
Now his new family is desperate to tackle puppy farms and plans to raise funds by tackling the Marathon des Sables, which includes six stages over seven days totaling 250 km.
Lynne said: “Bramble still has physical and mental scars from his history.
“She came with her challenges, but thank goodness she survived and got away with it unlike many other dogs in significant pain today which the Scottish SPCA has yet to achieve.
“When Bramble got home she was a little scared of everything because she had never been in a house or had never walked off a leash.
“She is always very scared, so don’t venture far from us on her travels, although she does take a keen interest in the pheasants nearby.
“She can also be quite lazy for a spaniel and is at her happiest lounging on her back with her feet in the air being cuddled.”
“I can only imagine a time when she would only have had to ride on concrete, so no wonder she enjoyed the comforts of home.
“I have run marathons before and decided to take on this challenge because I really wanted to push myself physically and mentally to fundraise for something that I am passionate about.”
Lynn rescued Bramble after hearing that young dogs had been rescued from a puppy farm.
Then named Julie, the puppy instantly “chose” the Lamon family when she saw Lynn’s ten-year-old son Hamish.
Lynn said: “When we first visited the center to meet one of the puppies involved in the raid, the team kept mentioning a dog called Julie who was a working cocker spaniel.
“We were looking for a springer, as we have had in the past, but we were intrigued by Julie.
“By the time Julie came to meet us, my then 10-year-old son Hamish was outside the reception center. Julie spotted Hamish and rushed over to him.
“She sat across from him and gave him all of her paws. It was like she had already chosen us; it was a beautiful moment.
“We renamed Julie to Bramble and there has been no turning back since.”
Lynn decided to take the marathon to push her limits and raise money for the SSPCA to fight the illegal puppy trade.
She adds: “The Marathon des Sables has six stages over seven days totaling 250 km.
“It’s six marathons, the longest stage being 80 km, or 52 miles.
“It’s a self-sufficient race, so you carry all your food, cooking and sleeping gear, but with water rations provided.
“The temperatures are likely to reach 50 degrees so it will be a huge physical and mental challenge.
“Knowing that I can do something to help fight this horrible business, especially now that the demand for puppies is so high, will really help me keep going as I cross the desert.
“I’ll be thinking of Bramble and many other dogs not so lucky for the duration. Sadly, she is just one of the thousands of puppies involved in this appalling industry.
“She’s one of the lucky ones.”
SSPCA Fundraising Director Anna Devine said, “We are impressed with this incredible challenge Lynne is taking on.
“The low-welfare puppy trade is clearly something Lynne is passionate about after rescuing Bramble from one of our centers.
“We have created sensory gardens in several of our centers that are designed for dogs that have not been well socialized or who have grown up in a kennel environment, as Bramble would have done.
“The gardens have different smells and textures to stimulate the dog’s senses. It is also a great place for them to go and play outside of their kennels. All of these experiences better prepare a dog for a loving home forever.
“The funds Lynne raises will go towards rehabilitating the animals to allow them to continue and live the lives they were meant to lead, preferably with lots of hugs and a nice, cozy bed, just like Bramble.
“We wish Lynne the best of luck in taking on the challenge and we can’t wait to hear how it goes.”
You can find Lynne’s Justgiving page here and read more about fundraising here.
If anyone is concerned about an animal, please do not hesitate to contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.