Rescue dog to the rescue with towels

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An 11 month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross recently came to the rescue of Drum Castle with a donation of towels from the Scottish SPCA.

Junior was on hand to deliver the towels and bring a smile to the face of staff at the historic castle which is experiencing ground water flooding due to the recent storms and heavy rain.

Dr Alison Burke described the problems Drum is facing. She said:

“Drum sits on five different wells so it has always been a place where there is underground water, however, the recent weather has meant that the underground water has risen.

“This, added to the saturated ground which is not absorbing rainwater, has resulted in water coming up through the floor of the Servants’ Corridor and in the bottom of the walls at the west side of the castle where the wall is actually beneath the ground level.

“Underneath the flagstone floor of Drum is a beaten earth floor, so it is vital that we prevent the water from damaging that. We put out a social media appeal for towels, and thankfully local residents and even the four-legged residents responded with donations of towels and sandbags.”

Graeme Innes who manages the SSPCA in Drumoak across from the castle, saw the appeal and organised the delivery of their donated towels.

Graeme said:“Junior has come a long way since he arrived in our care.

“With lots of loving care over the last 3 months he is now as good as gold and looking for a new home where he can continue his training.

“He is an active dog and loves to be out and about, so when there was the chance go to the castle, Junior was the first to bark to volunteer.”

Alison continued: “We all wanted to keep him at the castle, he is such a gentleman and I really hope someone locally gives him a forever home where he will be loved and cherished and bring him back to meet his new friends at the castle.”

Anyone interested in giving Junior a new home should contact the SSPCA by telephone on 03000 999 999 and ask for the Aberdeenshire branch.

Drum will be closed this weekend whilst drainage channels are dug to divert the ground water.