1?000 Paws walk: 2 000 entrants and 600 dogs go walkies

2011-07-11 00:00

THE three-year-old Weekend Witness 1 000 Paws fun walk, which was held at the Hilton College yesterday, was a splendid affair, according to many dog lovers.

Hundreds of dog lovers spent a day out in the sun leading their dogs on walks of two and four kilometres yesterday.

A stream of vehicles, some from as far as Durban, made a long procession from the early morning to gain entry to the event.

The aim was to raise money for vulnerable animals.

The event was enjoyed by young and the old.

People came in their scores to mingle with friends and check out the different breeds of dogs the walks had to offer.

Children painted their faces in diverse colours while taking photographs with Simba the lion and Sharkie, the provincial rugby team mascot.

Many entrants did not bring their dogs, but came simply to support the initiative and have lunch with their loved ones.

Gill Pistorius (58), who lives at Otto’s Plaas, came with her husband, daughter and their two basset hounds. She said the four-kilometre walk was “lovely” and that they had a lot of fun.

“The dogs really enjoyed the walk, the view was beautiful and the dogs behaved much better than I thought. There is no other place where you can meet so many dogs,” Pistorius said.

The organiser of the event, Pam Hofman, said an estimated 2 000 people and 600 dogs took part in the event.

“The day was just fantastic and we’d just only had good reports from people,” said Hofman.

She said Weekend Witness 1 000 Paws had double the number of people than had attended last year.

Another dog owner, 12-year-old Megan McDonald of Hilton, attended the event with her bubbly three-legged dog, Tripod.

Megan said she received her dog from the SPCA and does not know how he lost its leg.

“This is the best dog. He’s friendly to everyone and other dogs as well,” she said.

“He follows me wherever I go. Sometimes I think that he is not even aware that he’s missing a leg,” she added.

Pam Brink (77) of Howick, clad in a sweater, jeans and sneakers and with a walking stick, described the event as “a good morning out” with old friends.

The only complaint the organisers received was that people were unhappy about the the congestion at the entrance gate.

The organisers acknowledged the problem and said that they will make sure that they do not repeat the mistake next year.

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