Louise gets flowers for being just dog-tastic

LOUISE Neill of Benvardin Animal Rescue Kennels in Ballybogey is our Christmas worthy winner of the Bouquet of the Month.

The local lady was nominated by her friend Ann Doherty who wrote a glowing letter stating Louise was a 'brave and special lady'.

The letter explained: 'I just had to write to you today to nominate a very special lady. Her name is Louise Neill, her love and dedication to what she does is second to none.

'Louise, of course, is the brave lady who has taken on the animal shelter at Benvarden out at Ballybogey which she now calls BARK.

'With only volunteers and the kindness of the local community Louise works hard to maintain the shelter and save and rehome as many stray and unwanted dogs as she possibly can.

'Louise is such a genuine and caring person it is a pleasure to help her in anyway I can. I can assure you that everyone who knows her and helps out feels exactly the same as me.

'This time of the year is particularly hard, especially in this awful weather, but does Louise falter NO! she just gets on with it.

'In all weather she gives her all, caring for the dogs, running the car boot sale each week and never once complaining or thinking of herself.

'Just giving 110% in everything to keep the shelter up and running.

'Wouldn't it be nice to show her how much we think of her and give her some much deserved recognition for all she does.

'Louise lives and breathes for BARK. She just digs her heels in and gets on with it. It would be great if we could send her our Christmas wishes and a bouquet of flowers.'

BARK is always looking for help. If you would like to donate blankets, towels, food, or simply some of your time please call Louise on 07979 534 023.

Also at the moment, due to burst pipes, Louise is having to carry water by car to the kennels - can you help?

Benvarden take in and re-homes dogs from both Coleraine, Ballymoney and Moyle Council areas. It is open to the public from 2pm – 4pm every week day.

For more information or to help please call Benvarden Kennels, 28 Benvarden Road, Ballymoney, BT53 8AF.

Please remember a dog is for life and not just for Christmas!