Fifty pooches were escorted on Sunday’s Million Paws Walk by about 100 dog lovers.
Fifty pooches were escorted on Sunday’s Million Paws Walk by about 100 dog lovers. Contributed

Walkin' the dog for paws week

TWO hundred paws and about the same amount of feet took to the Gympie bush for the Million Paws walk on Sunday.

About 50 dogs and twice as many humans weaved through the bush walking track around RSPCA's animal care centre south of Gympie.

The biggest question raised on the day was; were the owners walking the dogs or dogs walking the owners?

Many of the pampered pooches and their owners dressed for the occasion.

Organiser Evelyn Aldridge said a family and their pet came dressed as characters from Harry Potter and there were fairies in pink and pomerians with turquoise and pink decorated tails.

Doggy events were arranged for after the walk and prizes awarded to best dressed pet, best behaved, best trick, happiest dog, waggiest tail plus a special award for the owner and pet that most looked like each other.

Judges Cr Julie Walker and Graham Engeman had their work cut out for them.

A treasure hunt for children and their pooches was the favourite event of the day, and the raffle draw with prizes of a family day pass on the Valley Rattler and an enormous doggie hamper and grooming voucher was the most coveted of all.

As a result of the walk, two dogs found new homes.

Organisers thanked the many sponsors that helped make the event a success. The shelter is at Laurenceson Rd and is open seven days a week.

Gympie Times


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