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Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Testimonials | 0 comments

Dennis Overcash

I have walked with two of our dogs. Our English Cocker named Pooch had always walked really well with us – pulling us everywhere along the trail even in the right direction occasionally. We took him to the Global event at Keesler AFB in 1994. As we rounded the last corner and within sight of the start point, he had had enough. He sat down in the shade of a wall and refused to move. There we sat with the dog for what seemed to be an eternity, probably about 20 minutes with the finish only a few hundred yards ahead. An English Cocker by the way weighs in at around 40 pounds and what he wants to do he does.

Our little Beagle mix called Droopy is a good walker, however he has one walking habit that he does faithfully. He passes all fields and unimproved areas with little notice. Just entering civilization again he’ll then find a nice manicured lawn and have his bowel movement. It is never in the places that would make no difference. He waits until the most inconvenient times. We don’t usually plan very well for this, but after leaving the start point we generally are able to find enough trash (paper cups etc. on the sidewalks etc to pick up after him).

Cynthia Abrahamson

I have a 5-year-old Springer Spaniel-Border Collie mix who loves to volksmarch or do any other human activity. She has been volksmarching her entire life throughout the Northwest, primarily Washington, and has done over 200 volksmarches.

I would hate to see her weight if she didn’t walk. We typically do 1 v.m. every weekend with occasional multi-event weekends. She has been to the Portland convention, British Columbia, Oregon coast, and even participated in the Vancouver IML 10 km. When you ask her if she wants to do a volksmarch, she wags her tail and gets into the truck hours before we actually depart. She is as addicted to the walks as her owners.

Patti Erickson

We were walking up on the Billy Goat Trail off the C&O Canal Towpath in the D.C. area in Maryland. It was a bright, sunny winter’s day and there was no one within hearing. I decided to let her off lead to run around as she so loves to do. (This is not recommended and almost all parks require dogs to be on a leash at all times.)

So, she was running around exuberantly, up and down the hollows of the hills rising up from the banks of the Potomac River, which had ice on it out to about 10 yards from shore. She saw a bird out on the ice and took a flying leap onto what appeared to her to be solid ground. But the poor thing plopped right through the leaves and twigs which were disguising the small area of melted ice, into the frigid Potomac water! She was off lead, so I couldn’t assist her. Luckily, she got a foothold on the mud and bounded back up the hill to me with the most pathetic, surprised, wet-doggy look! I felt like an idiot, which I was!

The moral of the story is: Think! And obey the leash rules, even when there’s nobody around that the dog might bother!

Carol Koch

I have a spouse who is not particularly interested in walking; and while I have a few friends who enjoy it, getting together or walking at the same pace seems to be a problem. Sam is always willing to go, matches my pace, loves it, and is good company. What more can you ask in a walking buddy?

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