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Diane Burrows with Poko. Picture: Iain Gillespie/The West Australian

Diane Burrows of Bayswater is a proud dog-lover. As the owner of two Irish setters - one a puppy - the 65-year-old gets plenty of exercise walking along the river and she's now volunteered for more.

Mrs Burrows, who retired from her program manager job in November, said she had always intended to volunteer in some capacity, once she was free.

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"I love retirement and now I wonder how I ever found the time to work," she joked.

She is one of two POOPs volunteers who drive to Girrawheen twice a week to walk Poko, a cavalier King Charles cross, whose owner has hip problems and is unable to walk him.

Mrs Burrows also assists other POOPs clients and said that her volunteering choice was easy with the key being to find something that suited her.

"My father is in an aged care facility and I am there often so I didn't want to volunteer for the same thing," she explained.

"I just think that you have got to give something back and this is something that suits me and helps people who need it."

The West Australian

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