Woman who brought 13 dogs from Hong Kong to West Cork to appear on the big screen 

Woman who brought 13 dogs from Hong Kong to West Cork to appear on the big screen 
Lynda Wong with her nine remaining Rescue dogs from Hong Kong, in her house in Bantry. Pic Tony McElhinney

AN ANIMAL lover who featured in The Echo after she brought her 13 dogs from Hong Kong to Cork will be featured in a film to be shown in Cork this Sunday.

Lynda Wong will be one of six dog-owners telling their stories in a short documentary, Rescue Dog, on the big screen of the Gate Cinema this Sunday at 11am. 

The production company, Wombat Media, is owned by Ciara Buckley, from Castletownshend, and Melbourne native, Dave Slowo.

Ciara Buckley from Wombat Media, the Director of ‘Rescue Dog’ and ‘Ash’ the dog who features in the short. Photo: Marcin Lewandowski I soundofphotography.com 
Ciara Buckley from Wombat Media, the Director of ‘Rescue Dog’ and ‘Ash’ the dog who features in the short. Photo: Marcin Lewandowski I soundofphotography.com 

While Lynda will be unable to bring all 13 dogs, other dogs in the documentary will be there to greet the public.

“Unfortunately, we won’t be able to have them near the screening, since it may cause them anxiety and result in them having accidents,” she said. 

“However, they will be in the foyer to meet with those coming to view the documentary.”

Ms Wong appeared in The Echo with her dogs last year. She had fallen in love with Ireland a number of years before, having moved to West Cork with her then-boyfriend, in 2010.

However, the absence of her 13 rescue dogs had left a gaping hole in her life. 

The now 57-year-old vowed that they would all be together again. 

Nine years and €32,000 later, they were, and Lynda insisted she would never leave her “babies” again.

Her house has been adapted for the dogs, with an extension and a washroom for them to bathe.

Producers of the documentary, which is sponsored by Brandy Dog Food, are donating all proceeds to the charities associated with the dogs in the film, including D.A.W.G., H.A.R.T. West Cork Animal Welfare, and the C.S.P.C.A.

Lynda Wong with some of her nine remaining Rescue dogs from Hong Kong, in her house in Bantry. Pic Tony McElhinney
Lynda Wong with some of her nine remaining Rescue dogs from Hong Kong, in her house in Bantry. Pic Tony McElhinney

Ciara gave a nod to Lynda Wong’s article in The Echo, adding: “Our own rescue dog was taken from the outback of Australia. When I saw that Lynda had brought not one dog, but 13, I was really impressed. 

"She overcame so many obstacles to get her dogs to Ireland.

“We had a great time filming. Her dogs are so beautiful and so unusual looking. They are also such a big part of her life.”

The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with documentary makers and participants.

Tickets are on sale on Eventbrite. For more information, readers can log on to the documentary’s Facebook page, ‘Rescue Dog.’

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