Bob and I attended the Puppy Up! walk in Newtown, Connecticut Sunday, March 21 with two of our pups, Mosey and Rainy. Although Bob originally thought driving from New Jersey to Connecticut to walk the dogs seemed a bit crazy, it was well worth the trip!
The walk was held at Fairfield Hills, a beautiful setting with tons of walking trails through fields and wooded areas. Jodi and Scott did an amazing job putting this all together, and with only 2 weeks to plan!
The morning started with some time to meet and greet Luke and the boys and it was fantastic to see them all again. Another highlight was getting to meet all the other dog lovers and their pups but especially our new friends, Kerry and Robbin Sneddon and their pups Ranger and Chief, fellow New Jerseyans who we "met" online following Luke's journey but who we finally met in person for the first time Sunday. And it was nice meeting Barbara from National Great Pyrenees Rescue, a cause near and dear to my heart. Too bad we can't foster Pyrs - we tried that and just can't give them up!
The walk around the grounds was amazing! So many people and wonderful dogs all came together to enjoy the day and to support Luke and his cause! The parade of dogs coming up the sidewalks and through the fields and woods was quite a sight and everyone seemed to have a good time and enjoy the day. Animal Planet was there filming Luke and the event and those poor guys got more of a workout than anyone - they were constantly running ahead to get their shots as the walk progressed!
After the walk, there was more time to relax and meet with our fellow dog lovers, then over to the local library where Luke did a presentation about his walk, what started it all, things he's seen and people he's met along the way, and what the plan is after the walk is over and the start of 2 million dogs. Jodi had an awesome cake made which even included a 3-D likenesses of Luke, Murphy and Hudson, seemed a shame to eat it and destroy that artwork!
It was a wonderful day - so when and where is the next Puppy Up walk?
Many thanks to Robbin Sneddon (pictured above with Luke), and Cathy and Christopher Neves for the use of their photographs.