TWO of Sheffield’s biggest dogs are to lend a Christmas paw after being recruited by the Forestry Commission.
Mia and Maddy the Newfoundlands are to help carry Christmas trees back to visitor’s cars in Dalby Forest, near Pickering, to help raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
The gentle giants – Mia, aged three and Maddie who is 18 months - are owned by Robert Lewis, Lauren Smith and Jane Carr, from Chapeltown, who are part of the Yorkshire-wide Aqua Nova Water Bears training club.
The family have become big fans of web-footed “Newfies”. The extraordinary, yet little-known breed, were once used by Canadian fishermen to pull nets from the sea.
They are fantastic swimmers, employing a canine version of breaststroke and are still used as water rescue dogs. One is credited for saving Napoleon who fell overboard while escaping from Elba in 1815!
Robert, who is a service director for a floor care company said: “We’ll be using carts pulled by the dogs and asking for donation for the air ambulance and local mountain rescue services.
“They love being out and working at Christmas.”