January 24, 2022

Dog owner, 70, dies trying to save her beloved pet from fast-flowing river

A pet owner has died as she desperately tried to save her beloved dog from a fast-flowing river.

Restaurant owner Margaret Wares is believed to have been trying to rescue her 16-year-old Jackadoodle called Dizzee at the Dighty Burn in Monifieth, Angus.

The 70-year-old had left the house for her regular evening stroll on Wednesday but did not return, leading husband Colin to raise the alarm.

She was found in the water not far from her home by emergency services shortly after.

Jackadoodle Dizzee is still missing.

Daughter Susie Johnson said the family are still trying to process what happened.

She told the Dundee Courier : “The unfortunate circumstances surrounding her death have come as an utter shock to the whole family and community.

Dighty Burn in Monifieth area of Angus

“She had taken her usual evening walk along the path of the Dighty Burn and it is thought that the dog had fallen into the swollen river.

“Being the devoted owner she was, she tried to rescue him and got into difficulty.

“The family wish for all those who knew and loved Margaret, to remember her for all her amazingly unique qualities and ability to brighten up the darkest of days.

“Described as one in a million and a rare diamond, she will be deeply missed by family, friends and all those who knew her.”

Floral tributes have been laid outside her popular business The Laird’s Larder on Monifieth High Street.

Police say inquiries into the circumstances of Margaret’s death are ongoing and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

Animal lover Margaret, who grew up in Monifieth, was well known locally for her various businesses and interests over the years.

Alongside older brothers Gordon and Ian, she was an active member of the St Rules Youth Group for many years, where she made many of her lifelong friends.

She was often seen walking Dizzee and the couple’s other dog Billy down the beach and along the Dighty’s network of paths.

Once a veterinary assistant, she and partner Colin later ran CWG Recruitment from Custom House in Dundee providing advice, training and employment for those out of work.

Margaret, a talented artist and cook, opened The Laird’s Larder in Monifieth almost 12 years ago alongside friend Shona Gibb, shortly followed by The Coffee Pot.

The two popular businesses ran side-by-side for many years.

Husband of 42 years, Colin, was the manager of Monifieth Boys’ Football Club for many years while son Colin Jr was a player.

Without fail, Margaret was on the sideline supporting and offering positive words of encouragement.

Son Colin, who now lives in Australia, added: “Mum will live on in our hearts and minds and will forever be at the heart of our family. Her selfless nature is one that we all admire and aim to live up to.

“A true inspiration, she taught us all so much and her positivity, determination and lust for life will be reflected and live on through her children and grandchildren.”

As well as husband Colin, and children Susie and Colin, Margaret leaves behind her three grandchildren, Ellie, Maisie and Kai, who she doted on.