DogCast Radio
Home Episodes Articles Blog Breed profiles Book reviews Photos Contact

Rescue dog's search for new home takes her to new heights - the peak of Ben Nevis!

Pointer cross Snoopy will do anything to find a new home - including climbing 1,345m up Britain’s highest mountain

One rescue dog’s search for a new home has taken her to new heights - 1,345m up Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis to be precise!

Two-year-old pointer cross Snoopy arrived at RSPCA York, Harrogate & District branch in March after being rescued by the charity’s inspectors.

Ruth McCabe, deputy manager at the centre, said: “She came into our care after her previous owner’s health deteriorated.

“Unfortunately she’s very nervous around new people so we’re looking for a special home for her with people who can help slowly and steadily build up her confidence.”

On 29 May, Snoopy tackled her greatest obstacle yet - Britain’s biggest mountain, Ben Nevis, in the Scottish Highlands - 1,345m above sea level.

Ruth said: “Snoopy is a very fit, high-energy dog so we thought she’d be perfect for the climb.

“A few centre staff had planned to climb Ben Nevis to raise funds for the centre so we can buy a hydro treadmill for the dogs in our care. We knew it would be a tough climb so we needed a fit and healthy dog to come with us to help spur us on.

“Snoopy was perfect. She absolutely loved every minute of it! She took the whole thing in her stride and really loved the climb.

“There were a few streams along the way which she paddled in and, when we came into the snow, she was in her element - I don’t think she’s ever seen it before!”

The climb was successful, raising £1,000 for the appeal. Snoopy completed the climb in eight hours alongside Ruth, Harvey Orskov, Mandy Broadhead, Mel Humphreys, and Clyde the dog.

Staff would like any potential adopters to live locally so they can spend time slowly being introduced to Snoopy and working with her and the behaviourist to build a bond.

“We’ve been working hard to gain her trust and build her confidence, and once she gets to know you she’s very affectionate and happy,” Ruth added.

“She has so much potential and a lot of love to give. We just need to find her very calm, patient owners who will give her the time and space she needs to come out of her shell.”

Snoopy is a very active, energetic dog so would be perfect for agility or flyball later in life.

She could live with another dog (depending on successful introductions) but would be best with no other pets in an adult-only home.

“After everything she’s been through and all the difficulties she’s faced, it would be great it we could find her the loving home she deserves,” Ruth added. “And if it’s with someone who wants a fit, active dog to share adventures with - like mountain climbing - that would be paw-fect!”

If you’d like more information about Snoopy please see her online profile or contact the centre on 01904 654949.

To make a donation to RSPCA York, please visit:


276 - put a stop in your dog walk and anxiety in dogs and children

Don't rush around the dog walk - stop! Pennie Clayton suggests we pause and just be! You and your dog will benefit. Author Hillary Harper talks about her anxious dog, and the children's book she has written to help children and dogs who have anxiety. Julie has been collaborating with photographer Sarah Loveland to celebrate Tripawd Superdogs. And last - but definitely not least - Diamond the Papillon puppy has joined the DogCast Radio family.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.