This year we decided to get a few of the Pethaus Pack together and walk our talk, helping to raise funds for the RSPCA. We joined thousands of dogs on the 5km walk around Melbourne's beautiful Albert Park Lake. Butt's were sniffed, duck poop was eaten, swan's were stared down - one of us even took a surprise swim!
Here's our take on the walk and what to expect at next years event.
Expect - Madness! Dogs, dogs and more dogs! Seriously though.
Parking is a bitch! Allow time to find a park before meeting your crew. There is parking near the park but it fills up fast. If you sleep in a bit like us expect to have to park in the suburban back streets near by.
Plan a meeting point - don't just rock up like we did and expect to all be close by. Our crew ended up arriving at opposite ends of the park and having to walk half the walk to meet up! Doh!
Know your dogs limits - the walk is very busy at points and traffic is hectic, if you have small dogs or dogs that get anxious in crowds, have an exit or stress relief strategy for moments that are a bit overwhelming. After all this is all about the dogs.
Money raised through entry fees, the sale of merchandise and online fundraising will helps to fund the RSPCA's critical work in the community, including the care of more than 28,000 animals entering our shelters each year.
You can even set up a fundraising page, get your fur friends and family to join in to help raise even more. Make it fun by getting a crew together like we did. The dogs sure love the attention!
You are bound to bump into friends as over 25,000 people took park in this years RSPCA Million Paws Walk over17 different locations across Victoria.
At the end of the walk there are plenty of food stalls and and a few great local dog businesses to shop from, however there's no ATM's on site so bring cash!.
Remember it's all for the love dogs so start planning now and get your crew together for The Million Paws Walk 2018.
Hope to see you guys there!. If your a pack member we would love to walk with you in 2018 so be sure to get in touch!