In February 2016 Wayne Dixon and his dog Koda (Machine) took on a mammoth task and fulfilled a life long ambition of Wayne’s to walk the cost of Britain. The journey is over 7000 miles in total and they will be picking up litter as they go to help clean up our coastlines. Supporting and promoting Keep Britain Tidy, MIND and the NIS rescue Wayne and Koda have also raised funds for the charities along the way.
Koda was originally Wayne’s father’s dog, which he had purchased from Koda’s original owner but sadly passed away just one week later. Wayne and his sister Maxine contacted the NIS Rescue to ask for help with Koda as they had never owned a dog, let alone a Northern Inuit before. With the help and support of NIS Rescue Wayne and Maxine decided to keep Koda rather than rehome him. Now the two are inseparable with Koda proving a source of comfort and support during the difficult time after their fathers passing. Wayne says “He’s filled a massive hole of bleakness and sorrow with joy. I feel like I’m walking with my dad.”
The pair have generated a huge amount of media interest both locally and nationally, even making it into an article in the Telegraph and ITV news. Follow Wayne’s journey on our Facebook page, Northern Inuit Society Dogs and anyone wanting to donate can do so on their Go Fund Me page, to find out where he will be next you can email him on firstname.lastname@example.org.