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