Matt Dalton is Roamin' To Rome with his pet Rottweiler Roman for Charity. Passing Through Northamptonshire Late August 2009
Not a dog training story as such, but interesting: Taking the dog for a walk is an everyday activity for many people but one man is going a step further this summer. Matt Dalton, from Chester in the UK, will set off on a gruelling trek to Rome to raise money for charity. Matt is expecting to pass through Northamptonshire along the A5 on 21st -22nd August 2009
His companion for the energy-sapping journey will be his aptly named Rottweiler, Roman. He expects the 1,500-mile-plus trip to take about three months, walking around 20 miles a day.
Matt, who has an interest in Roman military history, plans to depart from outside Chester Town Hall and arrive in the Eternal City three months later.
Matt, 27, will first make his way to Dover to catch the ferry to Calais. Once he is on French soil he will then head south to Marseille before following the coastline through Southern France before heading south to Rome.
Matt, who worked as a business strategist before quitting his job last week, says he wants to raise £100,000 for four charities before he sets out on his journey.
Matt said: "I want to do something different. I believe there has to be more to life than just work and I want to do something to help others." He will camp on the roadside while eating at various diners along the route.
"People ask me if I think it's going to be dangerous," he said. "Crossing the road can be dangerous. I've got no fear about it. I think by doing something like this you really get to know who you are and what you are capable of doing." Matt said he did not speak Italian but has already started learning it.
He said he had chosen to support an English, a French and an Italian charity as well as a charity for Rottweilers. "I am raising funds for Help for Heroes, Médecins Sans Frontieres, the Italian Red Cross and the Rottweiler Welfare Association," he said
Dogfather has pledged to help Matt with publicity as he passes through the Northants region
For more information, check out Matt's Roamin' To Rome Blog