I am a little late in posting about this as the summer has seen me spending much time at the beach and not enough time forcing my mom to help me write blog posts. Even still, this event was far too much fun to skip mentioning, so here goes.
A few weekends ago, the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League(CRARL) held their annual Mutt Walk in Camden and Belfast (Belfast being a new route location). The Mutt Walk is one of the fundraisers for the shelter to help pay for all the necessary items that are needed to take care of all the animals until they find a forever home. Willing participants and their pooches can garner sponsorship money to participate in the walk that goes through downtown Camden. Last year, we learned of the walk too late so we were unable to have time to find sponsors. This year we were very much prepared (and even roped Angelica and Leo into joining us!).
The Mutt Walk started at the CRARL where the staff handed out bandanas to the dogs and Mutt Walk tees to the humans.
After some canoodling with the other walks, both four-legged and two-legged, and some pre-walk hydration, it was time to set foot and paw to the route. While the walk itself was only 2 miles (with a rest halfway), it was quite warm. Thankfully the CRARL staff thought ahead and placed water stations at key points throughout the route. It was a blessing, even if I had to deal with left over slobber from some of the big dogs.
Of course, being the wonderful diva that he is, Leo barely set paw to the ground. Instead, he was pushed in a stylish carriage that Angelica fixed up earlier that week. As he can be a little nervous around crowds of dogs, being separated from them in that manner seemed to ease his stress a little.
At the halfway point, a barbeque and refreshment stand was set up in a nice shady nook. There, awards were handed out for Top Dog (the human and dog who raised the most money), Biggest Dog, and Smallest Dog. Though it came down between Leo and I, Leo took home the title of Smallest Dog (the lucky scamp!).
All in all it was a really fun day, and an exhilarating if not dog-gone tiring event. Events like the Mutt Walk make fundraising for a, animal shelter like CRARL seem less like work and more like a tail-wagging good time.
Happy tail wags!