Did someone say walkies!? Leo & Maya, my fearless Boxer and Chihuahua fur babies, know this time of year well. They love the idea of walking to fight animal cruelty as much as I do! The RSPCA Million Paws Walk is the most important event on the canine calendar, and now in it’s 20th year we’re excited to have joined the cause again for a third consecutive year (this time as a proud Mrs Australia Ambassador)!
We were treated to a day of four-legged entertainment, displays, stalls and giveaways - with countless opportunities for puppy faces to slurp and sample each bucket of water lining the perimeter with heart-starter coffee for the two-legged companions. It is the ultimate day out for families to indulge and ogle the most pampered and beloved pooches across the country (the pooch variety of people watching) whilst raising funds for animals in need. The start of the walk was marked by the well known song “Who Lets the Dogs Out” by the Baha Men - smack on 10am. Always good for a giggle with so many canines meaning business…ears back, tails up, tongues out - pushing through the masses to take part in their favourite pastime: Must. Go. Walking. Quick - where’s my human, ohhh look, puppies. Ahhh the commentary that must be going through their minds!!
Money raised through online fund-raising, activities on the day and merchandise sales (Leo rocks a bandanna each year) actively assists the RSPCA to continue their operations, programs and services, as well as their daily battle to stop animal cruelty. EVERY dollar raised makes a difference and it was wonderful to be a part of the efforts again this year in Sydney!
The last two years we have nearly frozen with the early onset of Winter, though THANK YOU Sydney for turning on the amazing weather today…17 degrees is nice and balmy this time of year! Haha.
Having a fun time with my fellow #SisterOfTheSash Amaani Hatoum,
Miss Teen Australia International
As expected…Leo and Maya came home and crashed! They’re like a little old couple; any sort of exercise (especially an occasion to sniff the butts of thousands of other dogs) over stimulate their senses and BOOM. Out! Here they are snuggling their favourite toys within minutes of rolling in the door…
No matter how big or small your efforts: whether by volunteering, lending your professional expertise or donating via financial contribution - you can always make a difference! Connect with the RSPCA in your local area @ www.rspca.org.au They have numerous campaigns running at any one time so there’s bound to be one that feels like it was made for you.
Save the Date:
Held nationally on the third weekend in May, the Million Paws Walk is more than just a regular walk, with thousands of people and their four-legged friends taking part across the country. Walk to fight animal cruelty!! JOIN ME for the 2015 Million Paws Walk (taking place in all states and territories Australia-wide) on Sunday 17 May. Woof!
Your Mrs Australia
It is crucial that people who witness animal cruelty report it as soon as possible. Animals cannot speak for themselves and are totally reliant upon good people around them to speak on their behalf. All caller information is kept strictly confidential. To report a case of animal cruelty, please contact your local State or Territory RSPCA - or report online.