By Jess Grieveson-Smith
A pair of litter picking mini Dachshunds have turned eco warriors – by helping their owners collect plastic waste whilst they’re on the trot.
Hooch, aged two, and his brother Dudley, four months, have been helping their devoted owner, Amber Lednor, 38, recycle since February in a bid to tidy their local community.
The black and tan mini dachshunds, from Moray, Scotland, keep their noses to the ground, carrying their favourite plastic bottles, which Amber fills with various rubbish found during their daily exercise.
The playful pair like to make their litter picking a game, with owner Amber picking up as much as she can as the dogs find more to retrieve when venturing into the bushes.
Amber, a stay at mum, said: “It all began when they found a beer bottle on one of their walks earlier this year.
“Hooch and Dudley are a naughty, cheeky duo – they used to steal plastic bottles and paper out of the recycling box and then chase each other with them, trying to steal them off each other.
“So when they found a bottle on walks that they love, to the park, woods or beach, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to clean up those areas too.
“The two are always on extendable leads, nose to the ground, ferreting out the rubbish.
“So I began picking it up, and putting in the plastic bottles, which the two of them will carry in their mouths quite happily until I find a bin.
“I thought I might as well make use of their skills.
“We’ve even started doing a beach clean-up one a month with them too, when we can take them on a really long walk.
“My two boys are my babies, and I walk them every day with my daughter Alexis.
“We hated seeing rubbish all the time, and both Hooch and Dudley love playing with plastic bottles.
“They’re hilarious because back home, they’ll get them out of the recycling bin now as they’ll think they’re helping.
“The wildlife is so important, and plastic and litter can cause them to suffer.
“If we can help, we will.”
It seems like a paw-fect solution to one of the world’s biggest problems and means these cute canines get some extra fun in their walks.
Amber’s eight year old daughter, Alexis, has also got in on the action, helping her hounds on their quest to tidy up the planet.
Alexis said: “Hooch loves cuddles and kisses, even if he does bark at the postman.
“Dudley’s a little crazy and charges around but on walks, they’ll both go for the plastic.
“We’ve got a compost heap in the garden, we recycle and litter pick regularly to reduce plastic and rubbish making it into the sea and our countryside to stop it injuring our wildlife.
“It looks nicer when we takes the dogs out, and if every dog in Britain picked up two bits of rubbish and binned or recycled it, we’d be really helping the earth.”