Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Video: Husky cross Blu is on a 50-day adventure with his family to raise awareness of canine epilepsy

12:00 24 July 2014

Blu the Husky who suffers from canine epilepsy is setting off with his family on a 50-day UK tour to raise awareness of the condition. Left to right, Kienan, Vicky, Rob and Aaron McGukin.

Blu the Husky who suffers from canine epilepsy is setting off with his family on a 50-day UK tour to raise awareness of the condition. Left to right, Kienan, Vicky, Rob and Aaron McGukin.

A plucky pooch whose battle with canine epilepsy touched the hearts of dog lovers across the country has set off on a 50-day UK adventure with his owners to raise awareness of the condition.

shares
Blu the Husky who suffers from canine epilepsy is setting off with his family on a 50-day UK tour to raise awareness of the condition.Blu the Husky who suffers from canine epilepsy is setting off with his family on a 50-day UK tour to raise awareness of the condition.

At one point, husky cross Blu suffered up to 15 major and 10 minor fits in the space of just three days, but thanks to medical trials, he has not suffered a fit since February.

To say thank you for the support and fund raising that his been done in aid of Blu, his owner Victoria McGuckin, known as Vic, will be travelling with her pet on a series of walks across the country over the next two months.

Mrs McGuckin, of Kesgrave, who set up the Blu’s Tale Foundation charity to help raise awareness, launched the fundraising mission with a dog walk around Christchurch Park on Saturday.

The 37-year-old said: “We want to help raise money so we can help organisations do research.

“Everywhere we go we are meeting up with dog walkers to raise as much awareness as we can and to say we need to fight this together.

“The support we have had has been amazing. My husband has been so supportive of me because it is my thing that I am doing and he has had to put up with an awful lot.

“The foundation group have been really supportive and friends on Facebook have been sharing everything from me as well – it has been immense.”

Mrs McGuckin has been joined by her teenage sons Kienan and Aaron on the walks, which will include trips to Scotland, Wales and the south coast of England before finishing in Thetford at the start of September.

As well as taking Blu, Mrs McGuckin’s other dogs, collie cross Samson and Siberian Husky Nakita, will also be on the trip.

Mrs McGuckin said she is determined to help dog owners whose pets have similar conditions, particularly as the medical trial Blu was on has wielded such good results.

She added: “He’s not on the trial anymore, he’s finished all that and he is doing very well so we are all really pleased.”

You can keep up to date with how the tour is going by visiting Facebook and type in Blu’s Tale Foundation 50 day UK wide Road Trip.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A diversion has been put in place

Severe traffic delays in Chelmsford have been caused by a traffic collision.

Woodbridge Carnival fireworks 2015.

People in an east Suffolk town are being asked to vote with their cash if they want a fireworks display next year.

Station Hill in Bury St Edmunds, which is being redeveloped.

Plans for more than 100 flats near the train station in Bury St Edmunds - an area of the town that is earmarked for regeneration - have been recommended to be refused.

Suffolk Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey (centre) with members of her team and Fern Howard (left) from the Alzheimer’s Society

It follows a visit by the Alzheimer’s Society, who run the Dementia Friends scheme, to help Dr Coffey and her staff understand the effect of dementia on everyday lives.

Lifeboat

Coastguard services were called to rescue a teenager in Corton, near Lowestoft yesterday evening.

Major fire at a fish and chip shop on Beach Road in Hemsby.

Picture: James Bass

Villagers and businesses in Hemsby have vowed to pull together after a huge fire ripped through a chip shop.

Five of the Ipswich drugs gang were jailed.

A professional organised crime group who dealt drugs in Ipswich were sentenced today.

Kaiser Chiefs play Newmarket this week. Photo: Danny North

Darren Lorking admits he was wrong write the Kaiser Chiefs off and enjoyed a ‘rock show’ performance at Newmarket Nights.

Christopher Randall (ls)

A 40-year-old man has been sent to prison after police found a video of him sexually abusing a child.

Police issued this  e-fit of an individual they would like to trace after an elderly woman was scammed out of a large amount of money in Ipswich.

An e-fit image of a man wanted after an elderly victim was conned into handing over a large sum of money has been released.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages