'The Post' at The Million Paws Walk

Your correspondent Buddy Dackel reporting in from Australia.


In Australia, the RSPCA (Australian Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is a community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.


On the third Sunday of May every year, the RSPCA holds the “Million Paws Walk” right across the nation.


Regular dog walk routes across the county are transformed into a celebration of man’s best friend (us doggies) and ordinary hoomans become the voice for animal welfare.

Funds raised through registrations, merchandise sales and online fundraising go towards RSPCA programs, adoption, veterinary services, campaigns and the RSPCA Inspectorate.


Naturally, I thought that my hoomans needed to participate and make a stand for animals in need.


I invited them to join me at the Million Paws Walk event in Gold Coast.

When we arrived, it was literally brimming with activities, food, furry friends and more! It’s an absolutely perfect way to spend the day. Anybody can enter this unique event, and all the hoomans have to do is just grab a lead, attach a pooch and come along.

The venue for our walk was the fabulous Broadwater Parklands at Southport. These landscaped parklands overlook a beautiful broad water … an idyllic location for sausage dogs really. Plus, there are permanent stages and community facilities in place. 

The day was picture perfect weather wise and literally thousands of doggies of every type rolled up. There was a strong presence of Dachshunds … the sausage dog community here has a well organized social media network which helps with coordination. Our sausage dog group walked as the “Badger Brigade” and Hoomum made each of us matching harnesses.  

Tons of stalls … everything from breakfast muffins, food trucks, dog products to pet motels and community police.  


The walk itself has two options: 3 km (2 miles) and 1.5 km (1 mile). Being that it was a very warm Autumn morning, and that I have … ahem … kinda short legs, we opted for the shorter option.


Which was just as well because I needed to be back in time to take the main stage and do a few of my party tricks to prove that Dachshunds can train their hoomans (thanks for the gift bag RSPCA).


Nationally, the RSPCA raised over AUD558,000 (USD418,000/EUR390,000) that morning. 


How pawsome was it!  




Buddy Dackel

Australian Editor

11th June 2017

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