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Walk for Dog Guides hopes to top last year's effort

Elliot Lake event raised $4,000 in 2018
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The Elliot Lake Lions Club is putting the finishing touches on this year's Elliot Lake Walk for Dog Guides planned for Sunday morning.

Last year on the same weekend, more than two dozen walkers and their dogs took part in Elliot Lake’s Walk for Dog Guides. Last year at the marshalling point outside the Pet Valu store off Highway 108 (corporate sponsor of the event), Elliot Lake Lions announced they had raised $4,000 in pledges before the walkers set off. Once again, the Lions are looking for a great fundraising outcome on a busy weekend in the city for 2019. This is also Pride Festival Weekend in Elliot Lake.

Lions Club representative Robert Kerr told ElliotLakeToday, “We have to explain to people this is not just a dog walk, but rather a Walk for Dog Guides. You don’t need to have a dog to take part.” This Sunday, registration takes place at 11 a.m. and the walkers set off from Pet Valu at noon.

The Lions Club accepts no government assistance as it trains dogs to assist people dealing with six specific issues and conditions in their lives. Dogs are trained in Oakville to assist people with vision impairment, those with physical or medical disabilities, those dealing with autism, people needing hearing ear dogs, those with seizure issues, along with diabetes alert guide dogs to assist diabetics. The approximate cost of training each dog is $25,000 or more, including the training that the new owner receives.

Aside from its generic training, each animal gets specific instruction to help it deal with the individual needs of each recipient.

Organizers of this year’s Walk for Dog Guides are hoping for good weather which greatly benefited last year's walk.

Last year, walkers headed out from the marshalling plaza and walked along the east sidewalk on Highway 108 as far north as the Miner’s Memorial on Horne Lake. After a brief break they turned around and headed south along the same route.

VIA, VISA, GoodLife Fitness and Amazon Fire HD8 are providing prizes to Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides participants. Those who fundraise $1,000 will be entered in a draw for an Amazon Fire HD8 Tablet and a six-month membership to GoodLife Fitness. If they fundraise $1,500 they’re automatically entered into a draw for a $1,000 VISA credit card, TD Bank and $500 VIA Rail travel credit.

Sign up by visiting the Walk for Dog Guides here or call them at 1-800-768-3030.