A novel concept to raise funds and provide fun for all the family with their pet dogs is taking place next weekend.
A Largs dogwalking treasure hunt is taking place on Sunday April 23 for owners and their four legged friends in a fundraising event.
Marilyn Killen is behind the venture which will start on the prom near the Green Shutters and lead to the Pencil between 2-3pm.
Marilyn, who lives in West Kilbride, is part of an elite K9 dancing team event and is part of a team who are heading to Belgium with their dogs later this year to compete on the international stage.
Similar to events hosted at Crufts, the dogs are highly trained by Marilyn to heel to music during a range of different routines. In fact, to kick off Sunday’s treasure hunt, Roxy the Australian shepherd, who has performed at the famous dog competition, will be ‘ringing the bell’ to kick off the event. Roxy is owned by Helen Smith, who is a senior judge at Crufts, and it is sure to be an entertaining way to begin proceedings.
Marilyn added that you don’t need to take a dog to take part in the fun treasure hunt which costs £5 per family to take part in, including prizes.
She pointed out that the event was good for the socialisation of dogs, and asked that all owners keep their dogs under control.
Marilyn is looking forward to heading out to the European Championships on 23/24 August with the Scottish team of dog owners with their pets.
She is a fully qualified choreographer and and has worked in many dancing schools over the years, before turning her attentions to training dogs.
Marilyn, who is bringing her own border collie Robbie along, commented: “I thought rather than applying for grants, why not do something like a treasure hunt and get dog owners involved. 
The music to heel has also been a popular routine on Britain’s Got Talent. If you are interesting in going along to the Treasure Hunt, and want to find out more details, contact Marilyn on 01294 892800.