By Barnaby Dracup
Thursday, 23 August 2012
Barry Atkinson and Spider started the 2012 grouse season off in style for Spider's Appeal, working at Blanchland in Northumberland, on the glorious opening day of the grouse shooting season.
Barry Atkinson said: “Today has been a fantastic day and I am amazed at the number of grouse we have seen especially after such a wet summer.”
“The beating team have worked really hard to get the birds over the butts and Spider has had a great day – helped of course by PetSpec Working Dog that he has once a day to help keep him in top condition, especially for a long day’s grouse beating on the moors.”
At the end of the day Barry thanked Gary Owen – headkeeper (pictured with him and his underkeeper) for helping him kick-off this year’s season and gave Barry a brace of grouse along with a collection to go towards the appeal.
In return Barry gave Gary a case of 6 tubs of PetSpec for his dogs.
Barry and Spider now only have 79 shoots to go before they reach his target of beating on 1000 shoots to raise £l million split between the NGO Educational Trust and Cancer Research UK.
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