Meet Keath: he's moving from Manchester to Dorset and his huskies are his removal men

Meet Keath: he's moving from Manchester to Dorset and his huskies are his removal men

Meet Keath: he's moving from Manchester to Dorset and his huskies are his removal men

First published in News

When most people move house, they enlist a removal van to help shift their possesions.

But when Keath Armstrong decided to move back home to Bournemouth from Manchester, he chose a much more novel method - a team of huskies.

Keath, 32, decided to make the 217-mile trek with only his three huskies to help in order to raise money in memory of two friends who died from cystic fibrosis.

He set out on July 18, hoping to reach Bournemouth in nine days, but has been slowed down by the hot weather - the huskies don't like it - potholes, punctures and the challenge of finding suitable roads.

He and the huskies, Sakari, Nukka and Nala have been sleeping in a tent together and travelling about 20 miles a day.

He's been through two carts and almost lost all his possesions to an Oxford canal, but Keath is hoping his journey will finally come to an end this weekend.

 

He's currently just outside Reading and hopes to reach Bournemouth in three days time - assuming the weather holds and he can find roads suitable for the sled.

His challenge is to raise money and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, to help those, like his friends Richard and Carl Jones, brothers who both died from the disease.

Richard was 30 when he passed away in 2013. His brother Carl died of the disease in 2006.

Keath said: “Both lads were brilliant. You couldn't fault their outlook on life and despite everything they had to put up with they were always there for people.

There doesn’t seem to be the public awareness of cystic fibrosis as there is of something like cancer, so I thought I could do something to get some more.”

He's already raised more than £20,000, thanks to donations from friends and supporters along the route.

In an interview with the Telegraph earlier in his journey, Keath said: “I love what huskies are capable of and what they can do. Their personalities are amazing but they’re such hard work. They have very specific diets, they’re escape artists and they lose all their fur twice a year for about a month at a time – they’re very demanding dogs.”

You can sponsor Keath and the huskies at http//uk.virginmoneygiving.com/keatharmstrong and follow him on Twitter @KeathArmstrong. The Echo will be there to see him arrive in Bournemouth, so look out for video soon!

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7:47am Fri 8 Aug 14

Huey says...

Well done, that is a good amount of money and a novel way to come back to the town.
Well done, that is a good amount of money and a novel way to come back to the town. Huey
  • Score: 21

8:14am Fri 8 Aug 14

Echo & the Funnymen says...

He should have let Dean Goodwin house sit just before he was leaving,with less to carry he would have been here by now!
He should have let Dean Goodwin house sit just before he was leaving,with less to carry he would have been here by now! Echo & the Funnymen
  • Score: -8

8:43am Fri 8 Aug 14

whataboutthat says...

There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...
There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms... whataboutthat
  • Score: -57

9:04am Fri 8 Aug 14

LeeThorne says...

whataboutthat wrote:
There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...
Keep your sad comments to yourself. Huskies are great companions and seeing by the pictures they have an amazing owner.
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...[/p][/quote]Keep your sad comments to yourself. Huskies are great companions and seeing by the pictures they have an amazing owner. LeeThorne
  • Score: 43

9:31am Fri 8 Aug 14

whataboutthat says...

LeeThorne wrote:
whataboutthat wrote:
There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...
Keep your sad comments to yourself. Huskies are great companions and seeing by the pictures they have an amazing owner.
That's your opinion. I happen to feel that these dogs are extremel;y dangerous and shoud not have been 'socialised' by very greedy dog breeders in this country. I have no beef with the publicity driven charity event. That's fine by me.
When you consider a dog to be a companion then your life is pretty much empty, no?
[quote][p][bold]LeeThorne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...[/p][/quote]Keep your sad comments to yourself. Huskies are great companions and seeing by the pictures they have an amazing owner.[/p][/quote]That's your opinion. I happen to feel that these dogs are extremel;y dangerous and shoud not have been 'socialised' by very greedy dog breeders in this country. I have no beef with the publicity driven charity event. That's fine by me. When you consider a dog to be a companion then your life is pretty much empty, no? whataboutthat
  • Score: -62

9:58am Fri 8 Aug 14

Fingersonthem says...

whataboutthat wrote:
There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...
I know her it Tiny Shortass.
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...[/p][/quote]I know her it Tiny Shortass. Fingersonthem
  • Score: 0

12:14pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Huey says...

whataboutthat wrote:
LeeThorne wrote:
whataboutthat wrote:
There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...
Keep your sad comments to yourself. Huskies are great companions and seeing by the pictures they have an amazing owner.
That's your opinion. I happen to feel that these dogs are extremel;y dangerous and shoud not have been 'socialised' by very greedy dog breeders in this country. I have no beef with the publicity driven charity event. That's fine by me.
When you consider a dog to be a companion then your life is pretty much empty, no?
No way my dog is a part of the family like my wife and kids.
We go on dog friendly holidays.
Dogs are great companions and also teach kids how to treat and respect animals and lead healthier lives
They also make excellent burglar alarms.
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeeThorne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...[/p][/quote]Keep your sad comments to yourself. Huskies are great companions and seeing by the pictures they have an amazing owner.[/p][/quote]That's your opinion. I happen to feel that these dogs are extremel;y dangerous and shoud not have been 'socialised' by very greedy dog breeders in this country. I have no beef with the publicity driven charity event. That's fine by me. When you consider a dog to be a companion then your life is pretty much empty, no?[/p][/quote]No way my dog is a part of the family like my wife and kids. We go on dog friendly holidays. Dogs are great companions and also teach kids how to treat and respect animals and lead healthier lives They also make excellent burglar alarms. Huey
  • Score: 24

12:19pm Fri 8 Aug 14

retry69 says...

whataboutthat wrote:
LeeThorne wrote:
whataboutthat wrote:
There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...
Keep your sad comments to yourself. Huskies are great companions and seeing by the pictures they have an amazing owner.
That's your opinion. I happen to feel that these dogs are extremel;y dangerous and shoud not have been 'socialised' by very greedy dog breeders in this country. I have no beef with the publicity driven charity event. That's fine by me.
When you consider a dog to be a companion then your life is pretty much empty, no?
If you fail to understand what companionship means or is than your life is pretty much empty,yes? I think so.
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeeThorne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...[/p][/quote]Keep your sad comments to yourself. Huskies are great companions and seeing by the pictures they have an amazing owner.[/p][/quote]That's your opinion. I happen to feel that these dogs are extremel;y dangerous and shoud not have been 'socialised' by very greedy dog breeders in this country. I have no beef with the publicity driven charity event. That's fine by me. When you consider a dog to be a companion then your life is pretty much empty, no?[/p][/quote]If you fail to understand what companionship means or is than your life is pretty much empty,yes? I think so. retry69
  • Score: 18

2:34pm Fri 8 Aug 14

whataboutthat says...

"If you fail to understand what companionship means or is than your life is pretty much empty,yes? I think so."

Very cogent retry69.
"If you fail to understand what companionship means or is than your life is pretty much empty,yes? I think so." Very cogent retry69. whataboutthat
  • Score: -5

2:45pm Fri 8 Aug 14

retry69 says...

whataboutthat wrote:
"If you fail to understand what companionship means or is than your life is pretty much empty,yes? I think so."

Very cogent retry69.
That's not fair, I don't know what cogent means :)
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: "If you fail to understand what companionship means or is than your life is pretty much empty,yes? I think so." Very cogent retry69.[/p][/quote]That's not fair, I don't know what cogent means :) retry69
  • Score: 5

4:43pm Fri 8 Aug 14

on-the-sunny-side says...

well done to Keath and his dogs for an excellent effort in raising money for a very good cause.
well done to Keath and his dogs for an excellent effort in raising money for a very good cause. on-the-sunny-side
  • Score: 16

5:24pm Fri 8 Aug 14

shampaign says...

This is about charity not your personal choice in dogs and I think comments should be about charity and what keath is doing is amazing, cystic fibrosis is an awful illness and I and my family and all keaths friends are right behind you as we can see from your page. we wish you and your girls all the very best keep up the good work.
This is about charity not your personal choice in dogs and I think comments should be about charity and what keath is doing is amazing, cystic fibrosis is an awful illness and I and my family and all keaths friends are right behind you as we can see from your page. we wish you and your girls all the very best keep up the good work. shampaign
  • Score: 18

6:49pm Fri 8 Aug 14

JakeyD says...

I have personally known Keath for 20 years, he is one of the kindest most caring guys I know. I admire his courage and strength on this task that to someone like me would be an impossibility, his dogs are amazing, I have had the pleasure of meeting them and they have never been anything but kind and well behaved and social. Keep up the Good work Armstrong and see you at the finish line :-)
I have personally known Keath for 20 years, he is one of the kindest most caring guys I know. I admire his courage and strength on this task that to someone like me would be an impossibility, his dogs are amazing, I have had the pleasure of meeting them and they have never been anything but kind and well behaved and social. Keep up the Good work Armstrong and see you at the finish line :-) JakeyD
  • Score: 14

9:29pm Fri 8 Aug 14

MikeGB says...

A shame when a well meaning act for charity that is also a bit of fun draws negative comments from someone who misses the point completely. Yes there are dangerous dogs, but 99.9% are not dangerous and offer companionship? I just wish 99.9% of humans were not dangerous and kept their negative thoughts to themselves.
A shame when a well meaning act for charity that is also a bit of fun draws negative comments from someone who misses the point completely. Yes there are dangerous dogs, but 99.9% are not dangerous and offer companionship? I just wish 99.9% of humans were not dangerous and kept their negative thoughts to themselves. MikeGB
  • Score: 14

1:25am Sat 9 Aug 14

asdmds says...

whataboutthat wrote:
LeeThorne wrote:
whataboutthat wrote:
There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...
Keep your sad comments to yourself. Huskies are great companions and seeing by the pictures they have an amazing owner.
That's your opinion. I happen to feel that these dogs are extremel;y dangerous and shoud not have been 'socialised' by very greedy dog breeders in this country. I have no beef with the publicity driven charity event. That's fine by me.
When you consider a dog to be a companion then your life is pretty much empty, no?
What is wrong with you?
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeeThorne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...[/p][/quote]Keep your sad comments to yourself. Huskies are great companions and seeing by the pictures they have an amazing owner.[/p][/quote]That's your opinion. I happen to feel that these dogs are extremel;y dangerous and shoud not have been 'socialised' by very greedy dog breeders in this country. I have no beef with the publicity driven charity event. That's fine by me. When you consider a dog to be a companion then your life is pretty much empty, no?[/p][/quote]What is wrong with you? asdmds
  • Score: -1

2:20am Sat 9 Aug 14

billd766 says...

The point about huskies not liking the heat is very true. There is one in the big village near where I live in rural Thailand and even though it is the third generation it still suffers. Its favourite position is on the tiled floor close to where the air conditioner cools the best.
They are beautiful dogs though.
The point about huskies not liking the heat is very true. There is one in the big village near where I live in rural Thailand and even though it is the third generation it still suffers. Its favourite position is on the tiled floor close to where the air conditioner cools the best. They are beautiful dogs though. billd766
  • Score: 0

10:33am Sat 9 Aug 14

LeeThorne says...

whataboutthat wrote:
LeeThorne wrote:
whataboutthat wrote:
There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...
Keep your sad comments to yourself. Huskies are great companions and seeing by the pictures they have an amazing owner.
That's your opinion. I happen to feel that these dogs are extremel;y dangerous and shoud not have been 'socialised' by very greedy dog breeders in this country. I have no beef with the publicity driven charity event. That's fine by me.
When you consider a dog to be a companion then your life is pretty much empty, no?
Pfft this comment does not even deserve a response. You sir are a Class A Donk.
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeeThorne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: There's a woman around Southbourne with two of these vicious half-baked wolves on leads. They stand at her hips height. A tragedy looms...[/p][/quote]Keep your sad comments to yourself. Huskies are great companions and seeing by the pictures they have an amazing owner.[/p][/quote]That's your opinion. I happen to feel that these dogs are extremel;y dangerous and shoud not have been 'socialised' by very greedy dog breeders in this country. I have no beef with the publicity driven charity event. That's fine by me. When you consider a dog to be a companion then your life is pretty much empty, no?[/p][/quote]Pfft this comment does not even deserve a response. You sir are a Class A Donk. LeeThorne
  • Score: 3

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