Professional dog walker Flora Pape from Carlisle is set to swap her local streets and parks for an Army peacekeeping operation in Cyprus.
Private Pape is also an army reservist and has been in training for an upcoming peacekeeping tour on Cyprus.
According to the Carlisle News and Star, the 26-year-old is one of 250 reservists and regular soldiers who will be deployed on the Army Reserve-led operation.
The 4th Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (4 LANCS) – a light role infantry battalion from the north west, will be supported by personnel from its sister battalion, 2 LANCS.
As part of the operation in Cyprus, Pte Pape will be patrolling and maintaining a stable and peaceful environment along the Green Line.
She will also be on the lookout and reporting any infringements or changes from the day-to-day normality.
“I’m really excited about Cyprus because although I’ve been adventure training with the Army in Spain and Iceland, this will be my first operational deployment.”
She added: “I’ve always loved the Army because both my parents served in it.”
Those who have their dogs walked by Pape will have to find an alternative solution while she is in Cyprus.
“People who work full-time don’t need to worry about walking or feeding their dog during the day because I do it for them.
“I’ve been doing it for five years and it works really well for me.”
“Unfortunately I have had to close the business down for the period I’m away in Cyprus, but it wasn’t a hard decision for me – this is the opportunity of a lifetime,” she said.
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