DOG lovers and their friends are being invited to take part in a monster charity walk on Saunton Sands – and meet a monster nodding dog!

The Dogs Trust’s annual Waggy Walks have taken place across the country for the past three years, but have until now bypassed North Devon.

This year, however, the fund raising event on Sunday, October 2, will include Saunton Sands as one of 12 walks being organised nationwide.

Among those welcoming people to the event will be the trust’s four-tonne nodding dog, which is believed to biggest in the world.

Waggy Walk organiser Claire Joselin said: “It’s not only dog owners that can take part. Anyone can join in the fun and help raise vital funds for Dogs Trust.

We’re really excited that Waggy Walks is getting nearer. Everyone has their fingers or paws crossed for good weather. Lots of people have already registered and have been in training, many with their four-legged friends. But don’t worry, there’s still time to sign up at www.waggywalks.co.uk .Each and every pound raised through Waggy Walks sponsorship is used to help look after the thousands of dogs in our care.”

Registration for Waggy Walks is £10 per group of up to six people. Walkers can choose between a 5k and 10k route. Participants will be able to download fundraising packs so they can encourage friends and family to sponsor them. Or supporters can sponsor German short- haired pointer Barnes, who is the Waggy Walks mascot this year, by going to www.justgiving.com/waggywalks .