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May 6, 2013

Annual Pet Walk gathers pet-lovers and community members

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PLATTSBURGH —

Arora said she enjoyed the walk and enthusiasm from those who lived on the route.

“The community got involved too, so it was kind-hearted people,” she said.

CONTESTS, SPONSORS

The Humane Society arranged five contests for pets to participate in: fastest tail wag, loudest bark, highest jump, best trick and a pet/owner look alike.

Basket raffles and tables were set up around the concession stand in the park. Cassidy made homemade biscuits that the Lumber Jills roller derby team sold. The Adirondack Humane Society had a table with its 50/50 raffle and basket raffle, and the Champlain Valley Search and Rescue K-9 Unit had a table, too.

Kelly Gidman, a member of the search and rescue unit, said her group wanted to have a table at the event in order to make the public more aware of their mission.

Gidman said the unit just opened up registration for their October Dirty Dog Mud Run: a maze-like obstacle run for human participants.

In addition to promoting the run, Gidman said some unit members participated in the walk and in the contests.

“Their (the dogs) favorite part is seeing all the dogs and people,” Gidman said.

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