Harpenden dogs pose for pictures to raise money for fire ravaged charity shop

PUBLISHED: 16:14 10 July 2018

Some of the dogs were pictured at Batford Springs. Picture: Penny Bird

Some of the dogs were pictured at Batford Springs. Picture: Penny Bird

Penny Bird

A photographer snapped 2,000 pictures of Harpenden pet dogs to raise money for a charity shop ravaged by fire.

Some of the dogs were pictured at Batford Springs. Picture: Penny BirdSome of the dogs were pictured at Batford Springs. Picture: Penny Bird

In January a fire devastated the Dogs Trust store on Station Road in Harpenden, rendering it indefinitely closed for business.

Penny Bird decided to set up a photoshoot fundraiser to go towards the shop’s refurbishment, ready for its big reopening later this year.

She offered both studio and outdoor mini shoots to pet owners over five days - raising £430 towards the cause.

Penny said: “I have seen incredible connections between some owners and their pets – one lady I’m sure is a dog whisperer.

Photographer Penny Bird hands over a cheque for �430 to manager of Harpenden Dogs Trust Charity Shop Sharon Hurford.Photographer Penny Bird hands over a cheque for �430 to manager of Harpenden Dogs Trust Charity Shop Sharon Hurford.

“Some dogs are so well trained they don’t move an eyelash unless asked to do so, some can’t contain their enthusiasm and, some are busy training their owners to do tricks!

“I’ve met dogs not bigger than my hands, to dogs taller than me on their hind legs. And they have all, without exception, tried their best to understand what I wanted them to do for the camera.”

She took about 2,000 pictures of 56 different dogs.

Penny added: “The sense of community spirit in Harpenden is absolutely heartwarming and Sharon Hurford [the shop manager] was thrilled when one of the participants asked to volunteer at the shop when it opens again later this year.

Some of the dogs were pictured at Batford Springs. Picture: Penny BirdSome of the dogs were pictured at Batford Springs. Picture: Penny Bird

“Looking back on all we’ve achieved over the last few weeks, I’m feeling really proud of being part of such a great community.”

Sharon added: “What a wonderful fundraiser and a delightful experience.

“Every dog owner was friendly and interested in the shop; I went home smiling after the photo shoots each day.

“The money will be put towards getting the shop ready for opening towards the end of the year.”

Some of the dogs were pictured at Batford Springs. Picture: Penny BirdSome of the dogs were pictured at Batford Springs. Picture: Penny Bird

The blaze was extinguished by four fire engines and no one was in the shop when it started. Residents of the flats above were also safe.

To find out where to donate while the Harpenden shop is closed, visit www.dogstrust.org.uk

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