Dog lovers are being offered a dream role – providing tender love and care to a pack of huskies.
And those on the look-out for new volunteers at a centre for Siberian sledging dogs have said it could lead to the lucky candidates getting a full-time job tending the animals.
The opportunity has arisen at the Huskyhaven visitors’ centre in Stonehaven, which is home to 30 dogs who regularly go out sledging with visitors young and old.
Wattie McDonald, who opened the centre in 2016, thanked his team of volunteers and said he could do with several extra pairs of hands.
“The helpers are magic – they do a great job. But one is off to Canada and we are on the look out for a couple of replacements,” said Wattie.
He added: “The dogs are great fun and very friendly.
“We are looking for a couple of volunteers to come along for an hour or so on various weekdays between 11am and 2pm to join in with exercising and snacking the huskies.
“Timings are very flexible, so if you have a spare hour or so for two or three weekdays give us a shout and you could become a part of team Huskyhaven.
“The fun parts of volunteering are exercising the dogs and throwing balls around, and there are less glamorous parts such as cleaning up mess and chopping up their food.
“It is preferably a role that would suit people who live in or near to Stonehaven and have their own transport.
“We’ve had a lot of interest since we put out an appeal for volunteers, but a lot of them tend to be younger and don’t have a way of getting here.”
Jane Leiper, of Stonehaven, is a volunteer at Huskyhaven, and said she would definitely recommend it.
“It’s brilliant. If you love dogs, you will love it here,” said Jane.
She added: “I don’t have a dog at home, so the centre allows me to get my dog fix. If you love dogs, it’s a dream job.
“I’ve always been a snow lover and so the current cold spell particularly has been great for me to get out with the dogs.”
Wattie said: “We’re a relatively new centre but we are hopeful of expanding at some point in the future.
“If that were to happen, we could be looking at taking someone on to work full-time.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering at Huskyhaven can email firstname.lastname@example.org