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    • 16 Aug, 2016

    The Mayhew’s Pawfect Day Out with Gala Bingo and Duncan James

    The Mayhew Animal Home is delighted to team up with Gala Bingo and Blue singer Duncan James to find the UK’s pawfect dog walk.

    The Hollyoaks actor and dog lover joined our blind nine year old Shih Tzu, Tallula, on the South Downs National Park walk to help launch the campaign.

    For every public vote cast out of the 15 National Parks shortlisted, including the Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor, Cairngorms National Park, and the New Forest, Gala Bingo will make a 50p donation up to the value of £3,000 to The Mayhew.

    Photo Credit: Solent News and Photos

    Photo Credit: Solent News and Photos

    Despite losing both her eyes and now waiting for her third home, beautiful and charismatic Tallula has never given up hope and this just shows how far she has come.

    When she was just two years old she developed severe ulcers in both of her eyes. The vets and Tallula’s family had to make the hard decision to remove her eyes, as they were not responding to treatment.

    Later when Tallula was about eight years old her owners decided to rehome her with a family friend. Sadly Tallula had only been with her new owners for seven months when they decided to bring her into The Mayhew for adoption.

    The owners had started off with good intentions; however when their son brought home a new puppy they were worried that they would not be able to cope, and decided to rehome Tallula.

    With her playful and energetic nature, you would not think at first that Tallula was blind. This gorgeous girl has so much character; she loves playing with her toys, snores like a trooper and will even chat back to you if you talk to her.


    Even though Tallula has lost both her eyes and Duncan recently revealed his struggles to walk after suffering from a spinal disk prolapse, they were far from feeling blue. It didn’t stop them both enjoying the sunny weather and country air while helping to launch the campaign.

    PR & Brand Partnership Manager at Gala Bingo, Karina Adrian, said: “We’re so excited to launch this campaign to find the UK’s favourite dog walk. We’re a nation of pet lovers and it’s a very British thing to throw on wellies, coat and a hat and go and explore national parks and the countryside, even in the summer given the weather!”

    “We’re also delighted to be teaming up with The Mayhew Animal Home. They’ve been doing fantastic work in caring for and homing animals for over 100 years and we’re thrilled to be part of their work and hopefully will find Tallula and others like her a new home!”

    Photo Credit: Solent News and Photos

    Photo Credit: Solent News and Photos

    The Mayhew’s Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Yates, said: ‘We are delighted to partner with Gala Bingo for their Britain’s Best Dog Walk campaign. Every vote counts and will help us help more animals like Tallula find new forever homes.”

    ‘”The money raised will also help us to continue to rescue more abandoned dogs and cats in need across London.”

    Find out more about Gala Bingo’s Britain’s Best Dog Walk campaign here. Voting closes August 22nd.

    If you’d like to give Tallula a loving forever home then find out more about her here or give us a call on 020 8962 8000.

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