Everyone who knows anything about me, knows that I am obsessed with my dog. I am wholly consumed by my miniature dachshund, and I’m not even the littlest bit ashamed. I had heard of the Million Paws Walk but had never participated, I figure this year would be a fantastic opportunity to help animals in need.
The MPW website describe it as, Canberra’s premiere pet event where you and your friends can mingle, chat and celebrate your love of animals! It is a family fun day designed to entertain, inform and educate the community about important animal welfare issues.’
I didn’t know what to expected, this being my first year attending but I was ready to take my dog craziness out into the world. Car parking wasn’t nearly as horrid as I had imagined which was a plus! I got there at 9.45, the event is from 9am – 2pm, but knowing how excited both myself and my dog would be in anticipation, I knew we wouldn’t last an entire day. I arrived and didn’t print out of E ticket as instructed (facepalm) but showed the volunteers my phone and they let me in, lucky! I was waiting for Friend to meet me, almost a little to close to the puppies that still needed a home, if she had been any later, im pretty sure I would have arrived with one dog, but gone home with two.
The event space, which was quiet when we first arrived
We did some laps around the event, which was held at Stage 88. There were all kinds of stalls selling all types of pet wares. One Friend described as a BDSM store for dogs, there was a lot of leather and studs I can assure you. 50 Shades of Puppy. There was also food (for people) and an obstacle course in the middle of the grass.
You could also have your dogs washed, or photographed, with all the proceeds going to the RSPCA ACT. We didn’t see much of what was going on onstage mostly because we were swept up in what was happening around us. They did have some dogs that had been rescued and rehomed through RSPCA ACT, that were there with their current owners doing interviews about how rewarding adopting a pet was. After all you cant buy love, but you can adopt it :)
Meeting and making lots of new friends!
You dont even need a pet to participate in the walk, alot of people were there supporting friends and family or considering adoption for themselves. Plus if you did have a pet, it didnt even need to be a dog, people had brought along guinea pigs that they were carryings, cats on leashes and we even spotted a pig!
We started walking at 11am, there was a count down on the big screen but I think I was the only person counting down, but it was very crowded. Eventually the crowd dispersed which made the stroll much more pleasant. Half way around the lake, there was dogs competing in fly ball, so we watched that before getting back to our walk. There were a few people who were trying to walk the opposite way around the lake (you think that you would pick another day, or just walk with everyone else) but for the most part there was no issues with the crowds. The SES were even positioned around the event to help with road traffic.
A little break in the leaves mid walk, after all the distance of short walk depends on your perspective, and with Hunters tiny legs, it was well deserved.
Once we had completed our walk we checked our wrist bands for certain numbers, which neither of us had, so we got a consolation key ring prize, which Friend actually though was the major prize so she was very impressed. We went and sat down on the grass and listened to some live music. I think we had missed the fancy dress competition, but it was clear who the winner of that would be. The theme was safari, and one man was dressed head to toe in a Safari suit even complete with a huge (what I hope was a prop) gun. Then his dog, which I might add was tiny, was dressed in a costume that looked like an alligator had swallowed him, plus the costume was on wheels so it was worn almost the entire walk! Which is more than what I can say for Hunters jacket. A lot of my photos wont load onto WordPress :'( which I suppose is probably a good thing because I took over 150
It was fantastic weather for the event and we all had a great time. if you didn’t make it to the event but are still interested in donating, here is the link to Hunters fundraising page
nothing like a bit of shameless self-promotion