By Sheba Keefe
Mom is letting me write about the fun adventure I had this past Sunday! Our local humane society, the Upper Valley Humane Society, was having their annual fundraising Walk-a-Thon, and this is the first year we have been able to go! Mom collected some donations. Dogs are welcome on the walk, and Mom had to decide who she could take with her. You could do a 1 mile or a 4 mile walk, but Mom and Aunt Lynn, who was going too, really wanted to do the 4 mile walk. That meant they couldn’t take Kobi, who usually gets to go to these things because he is the most social. Kobi is getting older and long walks are getting harder on him. Cricket and Moses are pretty shy and timid, and Mom was afraid they couldn’t handle the crowds. I am a little shy and timid too, but not as much as them. I had done another fundraiser walk last year with Kobi and I did pretty well. So I am the one who got to go!
It started at 11am and was held a couple towns over from where we live. I was a little bit nervous. I don’t like riding in the car so I just lay in the back (Mom puts the seats down for me) and hold on for dear life (hee hee). When we got there and Mom got me out of the car, I wasn’t sure where we were! At least it wasn’t the vet’s office….phew! I had never been here before and it was kind of in the city (well, as city as it gets in our area). We walked over to the park where everything was starting. There were lots of people and dogs, and all kinds of booths sat up. Me and Mom sat on the park bench for a few minutes, so I could get comfortable, and waited for Aunt Lynn to meet us. We were a few minutes early so then we walked around to some of the booths and people liked me and petted me! They were selling dog treats and had demonstrations and information on all kinds of dog related things. They tried to give me some free samples of treats but I was a little too nervous to eat anything right then.
Then I saw Aunt Lynn! She still had to register so we walked around some more while waiting for her, then we got started on the walk. The walk was on the rail trail, which is a great recreation path that runs through a lot of the towns in our area. Here are photos of some of the highlights of our walk:
And we were able to go swimming!! My favorite thing!! Lots of people took their dogs down to the river to cool off:
We didn’t stop here:
Nope, we went all the way to the end!!
There were several water stations on the way, with water for dogs and humans. Sometimes there was even a waiting line for us dogs!
There were dogs of all shapes and sizes:
Even some beagles, and one looked like Kobi!
I made special friends with this handsome Husky. I kept passing him on the walking trail! I think he liked me!
Once we got back from the walk they had a very nice lunch for the humans. We got to sit on the grass and have a picnic. I ate some treats then and got lots of drinks of water from all the bowls they had around (I refused to drink on the walking trail, I didn’t want to look like a wimp, hee hee, but Mommy wasn’t happy with me!)
We hung around for a little while. Mom and Aunty Lynn took some pictures and talked to some people. We took a walk around the booths and then we headed home. It was a fun day….I like doing fundraising to help out other dogs!
This hop is all about getting fit with your dogs. Getting and staying fit can be FUN!