Big step forward

Fiona McCall with collie cross Bruiach
Fiona McCall with collie cross Bruiach

This week in 2004, Bruaich, a four-year-old collie-cross walked across a yard, the longest distance he had walked since crushing his backbone four years ago. His Eccles-based owner Fiona McCall, herself disabled, was on holiday in Australia at the time of the accident. Her sister, who helps people with MS, treated Bruaich in a hydrostatic chamber and suggested that Fiona try hydrotherapy. Meanwhile, he was fitted up with a trolley, and became a regular sight around the Borders.

Fiona said at the time: “I firmly believe that a dog is for life. The idea there might be difficulties never came into it.”