Fifty dogs help Hartlepool dad's MS health mission to Mexico

Connor McLean with his dog.
Connor McLean with his dog.

A barking mad event has taken place to help a Hartlepool dad who is battling multiple sclerosis have pioneering treatment in Mexico.

Dog whisperer’ Dave Shaw held a fun dog show in Summerhill country park today to help raise much needed funds for Eric Thomson.

Dave Shaw with his dog Pedro.

Dave Shaw with his dog Pedro.

The 50-year-old was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS four years ago and he was told there was no treatment available in the UK.

But after hearing of the possibility of pioneering stem cell treatment abroad, friends and family-including his wife Joanne and her friend Angela Crowe - rallied around and raised over £21,700 and have took out a loan to be able to send him to Mexico on June 16.

Dave's dog show saw 40 pooches being enter a series of eight fun classes with categories such as best groomed, best trick and funniest dog.

Dave said: “I had been asked by the chemo unit at Hartlepool hospital where Eric’s wife works as a nurse to do something a bit different to raise some funds so decided on a big fun dog afternoon for all dog lovers.

"We've had about 50 dogs turn up, I would have liked to have seen a few more but the weather hasn't been that great to be honest.

"Everyone is having a great time and Joanne has came along to be one of the judges.

"I am hoping we will have raised in the region of £300.

A minimum donation of £5 was required to take part in the show but this also included entry into the classes.