While the morning of May 26 was a chilly one, half the walkers at this year’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides were lucky enough to have four legs and a fur coat to keep them warm.
The other half — the human half — had to improvise, but the cause was certainly worth the chilly fingers.
This was the second year that Laurie Ewen and her team of volunteers have organized the fundraiser walk in Moose Jaw, and just over $2,000 was raised this year — surpassing last year’s total.
Ewen was extremely pleased to see some new walkers come out, as the support means a lot to her and her family.“I’m amazed at these people that I’ve never met before, coming out and supporting us,” said Ewen. “They don’t know us and they still want to do this, that’s just Canadians helping Canadians, and it’s amazing.”
Ewen’s son Stephen found a companion in autism assistance dog Bingo, and he has really benefited from the support that both Bingo and the Lions Foundation have given.
The walk saw some local businesses lend support again this year. Family Pizza donated a hot pizza lunch for walkers to enjoy after they returned, as well as Marvelous Mutts, who donated some time and funds to the event.
The Burger Cabin in Wakamow Valley, MLA Warren Michelson, and Delights by D provided some goodies for grab bags.
All of the funds raised by walkers are going directly to the cost of a guide dog — which can cost up to $25,000 for the Lions Foundation to train and place with an applicant. Pet Valu was once again the title sponsor and covered all administrative costs for the event.
Ewen is already looking forward to next year’s walk, which she says will be on the last Sunday of May. She’s always welcoming interest from businesses wanting to be a sponsor and volunteers wanting to get involved.
The event’s email, firstname.lastname@example.org, is always open for those interested in lending a hand.