Jak was 16 when he was abandoned, but in the last two years of his life he did something incredible for other dogs. Kate Collier, Jak's new owner, raised thousands of pounds for charity with her elderly companion, who was deaf and blind in one eye, and stole hearts around the world.
When Jak passed away, at the ripe old age of 18, Kate continued to fundraise in his memory and in June last year organised the first global World Walk for Animals, with participants in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Europe and UK.
This year Kate is hoping to raise more funds through a new event and aims to raise £1,000 for four different charities by walking 1,000,000 steps in the next few weeks. She'll be doing the walk in the company of Bailey, her 10 year old dog.
"I am arranging this totally on my own and my plan is to walk 1,000,000 steps to raise funds in memory of our special rescue dog Jak.
"It is going to take me a few weeks as I am no a spring chicken and have some health issues, but love my work for animals. Since I retired I have raised over £30,000 for various animal charities. For this project I am raising funds for Saving Yorkshire Dogs, The Hope Chest, Penny Jones Animal Hospice and Cyprus Dogs - my dream would be to raise £1,000 each."