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AASPCA’s Walk for the Animals 2010

The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is hosting their 19th Annual Walk for the Animals at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, this Sunday from 8:00am to noon.

All money raised will help the AASPCA care for the 4,000 homeless animals taken in each year.  Walkers are encouraged but not required to bring their dogs to the choice of a 1 mile, 2.5 mile or 5 mile course around the park.

The event will also feature giveaways, vendors and demonstrations.

Some rules apply:

  • All dogs must be current on vaccinations and at least 6 months old
  • Owners must clean up after their pet (bags will be provided)
  • Pets must be kept under control or owner will be asked to leave
  • Dogs must be kept on non-retractable leashes
  • Female dogs in heat prohibited

Pledge sheets are available at registration on the day of the event and donations are encouraged, but not mandatory.  Prizes will be awarded to individuals who raise a minimum of $30.  Grand prize winner will receive two round-trip domestic flight tickets from AirTran Airways.

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March for the Animals 2010 photos

Here’s some pictures I took on Sunday, at the 15th Annual March for the Animals at Druid Hill Park. More information about the event can be found here.

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MDSPCA’s March for the Animals 2010

Just got home from the 15th Annual March for the Animals at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore; what a great turnout!

“We were really looking forward to a big crowd this year…I think we got it,” said Nancy Willock, a volunteer working at the event.  Willock said the events online registration had already raised over $180,000 before today’s walk-up donations were accounted for.

Here’s some video of the crowd and some of the vendors:



Be sure to check back for more pictures, video and coverage.

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Promote better leash etiquette

Dags models her new doggie-harness

If you dog is like mine and is difficult to walk on a leash, I suggest investing in a doggie-harness.

I picked one up at my local PetSmart today, before taking my pit bull terrier mix out to the trails at Robert E. Lee Park.  The harness seemed to improve her pulling, stamina and overall behavior.

Harnesses come in all colors, sizes and materials and can be found at almost any pet supply store.

Do you have any tips for owners of pups with poor leash etiquette?

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“March for the Animals” date set

Photo Courtesy of MDSPCA

On April 18th, the Maryland SPCA will present it’s 15th Annual March for the Animals fundraiser.  The event consists of a 1.5 mile walkathon, pet contests, an agility course, training classes, pet demonstrations and entertainment at Druid Hill Park in downtown Baltimore.

All of the money raised goes toward the MDSPCA’s adoption center, pet owner education and the care of lost and homeless animals.  Participants who raise at least $30 will receive a gift bag–those who raise $40 or more will also receive a T-shirt.  For additional information, contact Tami Gosheff, Special Events and Outreach Coordinator.

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Top 10 MD hiking spots for dogs

According to Doug Gelbert, the author of Doggin’ Maryland, there’s plenty of great places to hike with your dog–especially now that the snow’s starting to melt!

Dogs at Robert E. Lee Park

Photo Courtesy of Poochiethedog.blogspot.com

The guide comes complete with tips, advice and of course, a list of top 100 places to explore in the Free State with your best pal.

Here’s a list of the Top 10:

  1. Catoctin Mountain Park (Frederick County) offers short walks,challenging hikes & scenic views for you and your dog.
  2. Tuckahoe State Park (Caroline County) provides grass meadows for sandy walks at the Eastern Shore.
  3. Robert E. Lee Park (Baltimore County) is a popular site for all dogs that like to play, swim, sniff around and explore.
  4. Susquehanna State Park (Harford County) has something for everyone; easily-walkable trails and hiker friendly hills.
  5. Harpers Ferry National Historic Park (Jefferson County, WV) is two trips in one: A historic landmark and a hikers dream. Continue reading

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Post-snow survival

Cabin-fever starting to set in? Believe me, your dog is feeling it too.  Cooped up in the house, while the 30 plus inches of snow piles up outside, can make anyone go a little stir-crazy.  If you’re like me and are planning to take your dog out for a nature hike after the Sun shows it face this weekend, make sure to throw some simple post-snow ready-for-anything survival items in your ride.

  1. An old Towel (or two). Melting snow + dirt trails = one muddy pup.  Be ready for your animal to, well…act like an animal.  Bring one for those dirty paws, and one for you or the car.
  2. Water (or more than usual).  Don’t you enjoy a big water-chug after a run?  Your dog’s the same way.  You should always keep a bottle in your car if riding around with your pal but on trips that follow days of pent-up energy, bring extra.
  3. Toys.  If you’re opting for the park instead of a hike, bring some throw toys to keep your dog energized (unless you want to keep up with the running).
  4. Transport Kennel.  Don’t pull a Britney and get caught with your baby in your lap!  Icy conditions make accidents more likely, so think of the kennel as a seatbelt for your dog.  No room for a kennel? Check out a car barrier.

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