A Roundhay woman who lost her beloved pet dog to a cruel disease has left a touching tribute to him in a North Leeds park.
Dog trainer Clare McGrogan, 48, has touched the hearts of Roundhay Park dog walkers with a tribute basket of dog balls in memory of her late pet Dachshund, Elwood, right.
Elwood died in February last year after suffering from a condition called Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), which meant he suffered with pain when walking amongst other symptoms.
In his later years, locals may have seen Clare taking Elwood for a walk in the park in a special stroller as he was no longer able to walk without being in pain.
Clare left the basket of balls on what would have been Elwood’s eighth birthday.
She said: “Elwood was Samuel L. Jackson in dog form - bad language, attitude and all. Leaving the basket was something I did for me, but the response has been overwhelming.”
Since the basket went up it has already been refilled by other dog walkers looking to continue Elwood’s legacy and a post about Clare’s gesture has taken off on social media, with thousands of likes and hundreds of shares and comments.
IVDD affects 25 per cent of Dachshunds.
Clare was supported by the charity ‘Dachshunds with IVDD,’ which sent her the stroller so Elwood could continue to enjoy his walks.
She said she has also been grateful for the support of Yorkshire Dachshund Group and Torrington Orthopaedics.
Roundhay Park was a special place for Clare and Elwood.
Every Christmas they would take part in the Yorkshire Dachshund Group’s popular organised walk, which attracts hundreds of Dachshunds in Christmas jumpers.