Dog walk sets new club record

Ken Kellar

Another “pup-tacular” walk is in the books.
The Voyageur Lions Club held their annual Pet-Valu Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday afternoon at the Sorting Gap Marina.
Organizer Gaby Hanzuk said that this year’s walk was a great success.
“The final amount raised is $1,475,” she shared.
“That’s a really good year for us.”
The walk on Sunday benefitted from sunny skies and not-so-cold weather as nine dogs, and their people, left the Sorting Gap Marina just before 1 p.m.
There were also a handful of participants who didn’t raise money and just walked to support the cause.
Hanzuk said that the first-place winner for total money raised set a new club record.
“The most raised this year was $890, and that was raised by Bryson DeGagne,” Hanzuk said.
“This is his second dog walk, and actually that’s the most that one individual has ever raised in my years of doing this.”
The second-place honour went to Emily Jerry, who raised $214.
Hanzuk said there was a tie for third-place this year, a fact that wasn’t established at the walk itself.
“There was Julie Miner and Willie White, they both raised $50,” she said.
“So they were a tie, but someone put down the wrong number for Willie.”
Shelly Malen was the winner of the door prize, and each dog that attended the walk got a prize bag from 4 Your Pets.
Hanzuk also said that three members of the Lion’s club participated in the walk, though they didn’t put themselves down for consideration for prizes.
“I think between the three of us we raised about $250,” she said.
“So it worked out really, really well.”
All of the money raised by the walk goes directly to Dog Guides Canada, and helps the program raise specially trained pooches who will help their owners live a more comfortable life.