DETERMINED dog walker Scott Andrews and his faithdul German shepherd Sam are having a well-earned break half-way through their charity tour of Britain.
Man and dog, who left Tonia’s cafe in Seaham on May 5, decided to return home for a rest while in Liverpool.
Scott, 51, of Ryhope, said: “It’s been great, but it’s hard going.
“Everybody has been absolutely brilliant, but now I’m shattered.”
The pair, who have raised £17,000 so far for the Children’s Society and County Durham-based animal charity Stray Aid, will get back on the road on July 20 to complete the 11,000 miles of the journey.
They will start where they finished in Liverpool, then head round the coast of Scotland before arriving home early next year.
The trip even includes a ferry ride to the Faroe Islands. Scott, who described the reaction so far as “incredible”, has been staying in hotels and bed and breakfasts during the trip’s first leg, paid for by his bosses at Asda.
“Asda have been absolutely brilliant, putting us up in hotels and organising raffles,” he said.
Asda’s staff and customers also offered accommodation along the route.
Although Scott needed the break, the same cannot be said for his dog Sam who, despite the distances covered, is raring to go again.
“The dog’s fine. He could do it all again right now, but I needed a break,” Scott said. “I’m even bored now, but we’ve made a date to go, so we’ll stick to it.”