John Howarth, 74, is a veteran of the British Royal Navy who served there for 22 years. For the past 13 years the man has been volunteering to walk dogs whose owners are unable to do it on their own. This is how he helps The Cinnamon Trust for "elderly, terminally ill people and their pets."
"For some people who live alone and can't walk their dog regularly, it's very important that someone be able to give their dog exercise and companionship. I walk my dogs all the time because I know how much they love walks. All the dogs are mostly elderly, as are their owners, so the walk lasts half an hour at most," Mr. Howarth says.
These 13 years of volunteering have not passed without sad moments. Once a huge greyhound pulled the man while chasing a cat and he ended up falling, shattering his glasses, and cutting his face. In addition, some owners and pets have passed away. However, despite the challenges Mr. Howarth is happy to help those in need.
The foundation has recently awarded Mr. Howarth for his devoted service. As the man admits, he plans to continue walking the dogs. "People seem to be grateful for what I do. Some of them don't see anyone but me all day long. The dogs are always happy to see me, and I am happy to see them," Mr. Howarth says.
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