RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2012

Today was the RSPCA Million Paws Walk.  It’s a national event with each state and territory organising their own events where dog owners come together for a group dog-walking session to raise money for the RSPCA.

There were big dogs…

small dogs…

senior dogs…

lean dogs…

over-dressed dogs

and fabulous dogs!

Go Team!

Darwin is such a small place that it is hard for animal welfare organisations and shelters to survive.  Funding is a huge issue so days like this are incredibly important.  As it is, it is simply impossible for the RSPCA here to offer the same services as they do in big cities.  This year’s Walk had an even better attendance than last year’s and, so far, it looks as though they raised somewhere around $50,000.  It doesn’t seem like much compared to other areas, but when you consider that our population is only just over 120,000, it’s a pretty good effort.  This is Flo’s second year of taking part and this time we were members of a registered team which managed to raise over $1,000 for the cause.

There were sausage sizzles, stalls and a jumping castle for the kids, with musical entertainment provided by the almost as fabulous as Flo Leah Flanagan.  Check out her website.

Flo being petted by her new BFF

I am always a little nervous about Flo in these situations, I suppose because I haven’t spent as much time training her as I should’ve, and she’s not always brilliant when it comes to those fast and unpredictable things known as children.  However, she was beautifully behaved… we met a few kids and she was very gentle with them, even making real friends with one of the kids who was on our team.   I’m so pleased that we had the opportunity to go down and socialise her with kids in that kind of environment.  Now I just need her to pull her head in when she’s at the beach!

Darwin… where the dogs are big and the shorts aren’t!

It was a really great doggy day.  Well done RSPCA Darwin!

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15 Responses to RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2012

  1. Hi there Flo,
    What a wonderful, happy day spent by all – for such a worthwhile cause.
    I have just realised that you live where my brother lives :)
    Sending lotsaluv
    MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

  2. How fun to see so many different dogs! Sounds like Flo did a great job – good for her! I just did some quick reading about Darwin – very interesting history and it looks like a wonderful place to live. Glad to hear you all raised so much money for the RSPCA!

  3. Jodi Stone says:

    That is awesome! For such a (small?) community, you had quite a turn out. I say small because the town I live in has just under 30,000, so your area is big to me! LOL Still it’s nice to see so many turn out and raise so much money. I wonder how many animals can be saved with that amount of money?

    • Flo says:

      That does make us seem big! Our big problem is geographic isolation; we don’t have any neighbouring towns to speak of (the nearest sizable town – Katherine – is 3 hours away) so we’re it! The Northern Territory is over 1.3 million square km (which is something like 500,000 square miles) and 120,000 of its inhabitants are in Darwin, with a further 100,000 in the rest of the space! We’re closer to Jakarta than we are to Canberra!

  4. rumpydog says:

    Way to go Flo! That is an amazing amount to raise, and I’m sure those animals are so very grateful!

  5. Hey Flo, Jet here.

    Your fabulousness, congrats for participating and fundraising for such a worthy cause. Thanks for sharing the pics…

  6. Declan Greyhound says:

    Wow that was well attended… congrats to you and your team for raising over $1000 for such a good cause, I’m sure that all the money raised will be put to good use. Well done to all!

    Deccy

  7. raisingdaisy says:

    What a wonderful event! Fun and meaningful all at once! :)

  8. Bassetmomma says:

    What a great cause and congrats on your team raising $1000! That’s terrific! :)

  9. Howdy Flo, what a great walk to be involved in. We loved the photos of all the dogs you saw and there was one Great Dane that looked like Rory! Have a great week. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  10. Great pictures! And it looks like an awesome day! Glad Flo behaved beautifully for you. (Maybe she’s just growing up? :)

    Congratulations on your fund-raising efforts. That’s a sizable sum!

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