Bianca Campbell, Chloe Sawyer and their friends with dogs Kooper, Keira, Kaos, Hunter and Bella.
Bianca Campbell, Chloe Sawyer and their friends with dogs Kooper, Keira, Kaos, Hunter and Bella. Luka Kauzlaric

Charity walk makes life less ruff for all puppies

ALL dogs great and small joined paws at Tannum Sands yesterday for RSPCA Queensland's largest fundraising event.

The Million Paws Walk was held at Canoe Point and had about 200 owners take their furry friends for a 1km stroll.

The RSPCA records 45,000 animals pass through the centres every year, with more than 18,000 dogs that have been abandoned or surrendered.

There were great danes, labradors, dachshunds, poodles and many more breeds of dogs wagging tails and sniffing noses like there was no tomorrow.

One of the event organisers, Jan Baines, said Million Paws was a positive way to bring a community of dog lovers together for a worthy cause.

"We like to see the dogs all dressed up. Everyone loves taking their dog somewhere and all the money raised will go to dog rescue," she said.

"We've averaged $5000 in fundraising money over the past three years."

RSPCA foster pup Abby was welcomed into a new home two weeks ago by loyal owners Veronica Stapleton and Ole Sandbaek.

She is three years and nine months old and is a jack russell-cross shih tzu, joining family dog Chester in the household.

Abby loved her first Million Paws Walk.

"They both sleep together in the bed. They are our babies because our kids have left home," Veronica said.

Leah Baines and her father Maurie Baines walked Maurie's toy poodle André in the event for the fifth year in a row.

"André loves all the dogs and he's very sociable.

"He's been doing it (the walk) since his legs have got big enough, he's pretty close to the ground," Maurice said.

Foxy cross chihuahua Ellie was dressed up to the nines in a pink attire, her owner Margaret Brookes deciding to walk Ellie for her first Million Paws walk in 2014.

"She's so beautiful and gives me lots of hugs," she said.

Dena Lewis and her precious one-year-old french bulldog Roxy enjoyed the morning, the pup recognised as the most expensive breed at the event.

The total fundraising amount from Million Paws will be counted next week.



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