We had a beautiful autumn day for German Shepherd Rescue of New England's
"Walk 'n' Wag" Dog Walk Fundraiser, held on Saturday, September 28 at
Borderland State Park in Easton/Sharon, MA. It had rained overnight, but the
wonderful brisk wind dried up the field and kept temperatures a bit lower
for a super day for humans and dogs alike. It was perfect weather for a Dog
After registering, the walkers gathered for the group walk through the
beautiful scenery of Borderland State Park. The walk was led by GSRNE member
Achi and his adorable GSRNE rescue dog, Abby (the dwarf GSD). Some people
our water stop halfway along the way, which was manned by GSRNE member Patrick
and many dogs took advantage of the beautiful pond along the walk route,
for a quick dip and swim. Walking with other dogs lovers in such a beautiful
was a real treat for us all!
When our walkers returned, they were greeted by a host of tables to visit
and activities to check out. Many thanks go out to our volunteers who set
up and manned these tables! Some of our tables and activities included:
* The Working Dog Program table. The Working Dog Program is designed to identify
place with law enforcement groups those GSDs with working ability who may beappropriate for "K9" work. These are dogs who may have excessive drive, energy,
confidence, making them less suitable for a pet home, but perfect for police
work. WDP helps save their lives, so that they can save yours!
* The Sale table. There were wonderful dog-related items and GSRNE items for
Thank you to all who donated items for this table!
* The Silent Auction table, which had many nice items to bid on. Thanks go out
those people who made these wonderful donations!
* MA Vest-A-Dog set up a great table and offered to take your dog's picture in
their K9 vests. They had items for sale, and a free raffle. MA Vest-A-Dog raised
money to pay for vests for the 2 K9s in the K9 demo we held!
* Paw Painting, where your dog could become an artist!
* Bay State German Shepherd Dog Club sponsored a
Canine Good Citizen test all day. They brought
and tents too! A big thank you goes out to Jim Brown, President, Bay State GSD
Club, to all his volunteers, and to Charlotte Creeley, the CGC evaluator. We were very
happy to have the support of GSD clubs for GSD rescue efforts. Cheers for Bay State
and their help!
* Delicious food from Acorn Productions helped round out this event. What
a treat it was to have them there!
Our demos were definitely crowd pleasers. We had an Obedience demonstration,
showed people some nicely trained GSDs! And of course, we held the ever-popular
Rescue Parade - it was wonderful to see that the dogs we took in from shelters
other rather sad situation are now happy and healthy with their new families!
were big smiles and some happy tears shed by GSRNE members and volunteers involved
with the rescue efforts for these dogs.
The MA State Police K9 Demo was a big hit! This demo was put on by Trooper Eric
Ramsland and K9 Wolf (who is a GSRNE/Working Dog Program dog), and Trooper James
Devlin and K9 Heiko. Wolf was found at a shelter by GSRNE evaluators - he was
to be euthanized for just being "too much dog overall," but GSRNE evaluators
they were looking for and we were thrilled to find him! We took him and showed
the MA State Police and they took him right away. Heiko had been through 3
by the age of 10 months and he was being given one more chance to make it when
donated to the Mass State Police K9 unit. And boy, did he make it - Trooper
has done very well with Heiko's drug-detection and tracking abilities!
Thank you's and
gratitude go out to Trooper Ramsland and Trooper Devlin for a wonderful demo!
Towards the end of this gloriously sunny day, we held some games for the dogs
their humans, as well as funny contests like "The Lickiest dog" and
Tail." It looked like everyone had a lot of fun participating in or watching
canine antics! It was nice to see so many GSDs along with some other breeds
- Goldens, Shelties, mixed breeds, a Weimaraner, a French Bulldog, and even a
dachshund (boy, is that little dog a happy, happy dog!)!
Between donations and our corporate
sponsors, this was a wonderful effort. We'd like to thank
(our major sponsor) and we'd also like to thank
Bay State German Shepherd Dog Club, VBA Consulting, and Mark Rosenthal.
We did a *very* good
job for future rescue GSDs!
We want to send a big
thank you to everybody involved, from sponsors to volunteers to walkers.
making our 2002 Walk 'n' Wag a fantastic success!
See the wonderful items that were in
our Silent Auction
|CGC Test sponsored by: Bay State German Shepherd Dog Club
CGC Test Kits are sponsored by:
CGC AKC Certified Evaluators were sponsored by:
Charlotte Creeley, Esq., Animal Advocate
Jennifer Fisher, Perfect Pooches Dog Training and Behavior Modification