Loneliness, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022!

Loneliness highlighted as the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week, 9th – 15th May 2022!

Martyn raises over £1300, that’s nearly 4 Visiting Wag Teams!

Martyn Vaughan successfully completed the Paris Marathon in April 2022!

Wag’s Spring newsletter has just been issued!

The Spring newsletter is brimming with lovely stories and is definitely worth a quick read over your morning cuppa!

Meet our new Community & Operations Director, Catriona Taylor joins us in April.

We’re delighted to be welcoming Catriona to our team in April. Catriona brings with her a wealth of charity fundraising, communications and operational experience from her work in Children North East, Blood Cancer UK and Bright Red. Catriona doesn’t have a dog at home right now but her husband Frank runs puppy classes at Dogs…

Wag at Crufts!!

Very exciting to see Wag feature on Crufts More4 show on the 11th of September! Amazing!

Walk for Wag 2022!

More than a Walk, a fantastic day out!

The Wag Coast to Coast 2022 in July

10 amazing Wag supporters – some quite new to cycling – are cycling the Coast to Coast, Workington to Tynemouth on 2 and 3 July! The challenge is 128 miles with some seriously big hills!

17th June 2022 – Wag and Company Golf Day

Attention all golfers! We are absolutely delighted to launch the first ever Wag & Company charity golf day which will take place at Linden Hall Golf Club on Friday 17 June.

Your 2022 Fitness Challenge: Do the Great North Run for Wag!

⭐️🏃‍♀️The perfect Fitness Challenge for a great cause! We have charity places for the Great North Run, on Sunday 11th September, 2022!🏃‍♀️⭐️

Volunteer Profile, this is Jess..

Jess and Frank visit Beechwood Care Home in Northallerton.  Jess lives out of our current area in York but so keen was she to volunteer she was happy to drive up to Northallerton where we were already visiting to share little Frank!  Here she tells us why..

Elsie meets Pringle

Elsie meets Pringle and tells us when she strokes his head, she feels her stress lift ♥️

Team Wag Honoured by Her Majesty the Queen

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service!

Wag’s Autumn newsletter’s hot off the press!

Our Autumn Newsletter is hot off the press;  it’s a lovely read to catch up on all things Wag over your morning coffee.  Download your copy here. Autumn Wag news 2021

Volunteer profile: Meet Lynne Wadsworth and Friendship Dog, Spud

Over 400 great people with their special dogs volunteer for Wag & Company across our region, meet one of them, this is Lynne Wadsworth and her Schnoodle Spud who joined us just before Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020. Lynne and Spud visit a dementia group in Chester le Street, Rhythm NOT Blues, and also Jim, a gentleman in his own home in Newcastle, who has significant memory issues.
Lynne tells us how she became a Wag volunteer, the difference it makes to her as well as to the people she visits, and why little Spud is the perfect Friendship Dog!

Walk for Wag at Kielder; also a day out for our friends!

Three of our older friends joined us at Kielder this year; Mrs Sheila Moody and Mr & Mrs John Chilton.

Visiting Wag Team, Gail and Cosmo visit Mrs Carole Nicholson in her own home in Newcastle.

Friendship Dog Cosmo the Labradoodle makes a difference to Carole in Newcastle.

Visiting Wag Team, Judith and Teddy, visit Mrs Marjorie Blackett near Consett.

Marjorie has had dogs since she was five years old and now it’s no longer possible to have a dog of her own, she’s really missed them.

Visiting Wag Team, Anita and Harry, visit Gordon & Gwen in Sunderland

Gordon and Gwen are very isolated, their family live away and after they lost their last dog, a much loved Alsatian, they’ve missed him terribly. Referred by The Essence Service in Sunderland who believe regular contact with a dog again and a chat with Anita too will make all the difference.

Visiting Wag Team Lynne and Spud visit Mr George Rennison in Durham.

Spud his best friend George really enjoy their weekly visits!

Visiting Wag Team, Karen and Woody, visit Wendy and Tom in Newcastle.

Wendy and her husband Tom have had dogs all their married life, border collies or labradors, but after their last dog died, neither of them were able to care for another dog of their own and they miss them terribly.

Visiting Wag Team Baxter and Julie visit Woodhorn Park Care Home in Ashington.

Little Friendship Dog Baxter is another cuddly boy putting smiles on the faces of his friends at Woodhorn Park Care Home in Ashington every week!

Visiting Wag Team, Miriam and Nula visit Mr Rob Lambie in Newcastle.

Miriam and Nula enjoying Rob’s company in Newcastle!

Visiting Wag Team, Lynne and Spud, visit Jim in Newcastle

Jim lives at home in Newcastle with his wife Jacqui. After they lost their beloved black Labrador it was no longer possible to have a dog of their own. Jim adores dogs and he whilst he has a soft toy dog which barks which he finds very comforting and therapeutic, the real thing in the form of cuddly Spud the Schnoodle, is a very welcome addition to the family!

Visiting Wag Team, Stephanie and Alfie, visit Doreen in Yarm

Steph and Alfie have been visiting Doreen since the beginning of May; initially visiting outside on a long lead. Doreen is really enjoyed her new friends.

Visiting Wag Team, Marilyn and Ted, visit Tom in Lynemouth

Wag volunteer, Sean Malone, had been keeping in touch with Tom regularly during Lockdown but unfortunately his dog Alfie is unwell; enter little Ted to pick up the mantle!

Visiting Wag Team, Sharon and Millie visit Winnie in Newcastle 

Since January 2020, Sharon and her Friendship Dog Millie have been visiting Winnie in Newcastle and as Terrie who referred Winnie to us said: It was love at first sight!

Rest in Peace, Mrs Jane Stobbart, who so loved her Friendship Dog, Max.

We were so very sorry to hear last week of the death of one of our older friends, Mrs Jane Stobbart from Sunderland much loved by Visiting Wag Team, Lynn Knight and Max.

Oscar granting a last request at St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham.

We felt so privileged to be able to help a family at this difficult time.

Visiting Wag Team, Liz and Milly visit Norman in Prudhoe

Since February 2019, Liz and Friendship Dog, Milly, have been visiting Norman in his own home in Prudhoe.