The Million Paws Walk, held at Martin’s Bend on Sunday morning was a huge success, with 80 people and 60 dogs enjoying the glorious Autumn weather and the opportunity to enjoy one of the Riverland’s nicest walking trails.
Due to high river levels in 2011 and 2012, the Lions walking trail had been inaccessible, so it was fantastic to be able to return the Million Paws Walk to our favourite route, and certainly the route preferred by the participants.
Although registrations theoretically didn’t open until 9.30am, the first dogs and their families arrived at 9.00am, eager to get the day started. We had families who travelled from Lameroo and Pinnaroo to participate in the event.
Our oldest participant, at 77 years, was Roma Mewett from Loxton, who walked the entire distance and even carried her dog for some of the way. There were numerous toddlers in pushers who enjoyed the walk with their families.
The Lions Club of Berri provided a Sausage Sizzle after the walk, to ensure the participants has sufficient energy to enjoy the games and competitions which finished off the morning.
The “Best Trick” competition was won by Belle Stoneham of Loxton with her dog Zephyr showing good restraint and control when he had a treat placed in front of him.
The relay events were popular as ever, with the Egg and Spoon Relay contested by teams of 2 and the Bandana Relay made up of teams of 4.