As part of a series celebrating Morecambe’s Finest, the personalities and unsung heroes who make our town great, reporter Michelle Blade speaks to bulldog enthusiast Allwyn Brown.
Allwyn Brown certainly lives up to her nickname of ‘Crazy bulldog lady’ - she lives and breathes the breed.
Allwyn, a sand grown ‘un because she was born at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, has three bulldogs called Marshall, Rory and Chloe.
She said: “I’m a bit crazy over them, that’s why I’m known as the ‘Crazy Bulldog Lady’.”
She gets up between 4am and 5am to walk the dogs on the promenade or beach and then goes to work at the Cumberland View Hotel where she has worked for years.
She said: “From an early age we had dogs. My first dog was a bull mastiff. who used to walk down to school with me at Carnforth and walk home alone.
“My parents had businesses in Carnforth and when I did my O levels I was running two shops and a cafe in Carnforth at the same time.
“I left home not long after I was 16 and that made the relationship between me and my mum a lot closer.
“I went to live with my grandma, who had a poodle.
“Five years ago, after splitting with my partner the dogs were the thing that got me through. I’ve had dogs for 30 years.
“I thought it was no good feeling sorry for myself, so to raise funds for the bulldog charity, I held a hot pot supper. Three people with bulldogs turned up and I made £100.
“I started to thinkof ways we could raise more funds for the charity and came up with the idea of a stroll on the promenade.
“So far, we have held 10 walks in Morecambe and raised around £5,000 for the Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust. The idea has caught on an d now strolls are held across the country,raising thousands for the charity.
“A lot of people get ripped off with vets fees, so there is a list of bulldog breed specialist vets we can provide to contact.
“Through the breeding council, people can adopt or take a pup which is up to a certain breeding standard.
“A lot of people want to breed the dogs for money and some are stolen just for that purpose.
“The bulldog charity has a list of reputable breeders available.
“There are auction sites to raise funds for the bulldog charity, and recently, I ran virtual kissing with Marshall.
“People paid to give him a snog and I posted a photo off to them saying ‘Love, Marshall.’
“All my dogs that have died are buried in a special place in Tarleton, next to a caravan I have there.
“Bulldogs have certain traits, sometimes they snore a lot and they lie down with their legs stretched out to the side.
“They are like little men in fur suits.
“There is a big bulldog community, I am in touch with people from America and further afield.
“In Britain, there are 30 bulldog clubs.
“Bulldogs are not expensive to feed and they have one regular walk a day.
“I love Morecambe, in the spring on the beach, the view is worth more than any wages.
“It’s a sense of pride, it could be like it used to be.”
Allwyn, 56, was awarded fundraiser of 2014 by the Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust, in honour of her work to help bulldogs.
The next Stroll on the Prom takes place on Saturday, December 6, 10-10.30am from the Cumberland View.
Call 07769 722198 for more information.