Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Forest Park Dog Walk Benefits Animal Protective Association

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Forest Park Dog Walk Benefits Animal Protective Association

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Last weekend's weather was perfect, with blue skies pouring sunshine down on more than 700 people who gathered at the World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park to take part in the third annual Animal Protective Association Dog Walk. They were accompanied by about 500 dogs, many of whom were adoptees from the APA or similar shelters.

"More than 380 people pre-registered for the walk, so we knew the turnout today would be good," said Elizabeth Estes, director of public relations and development at the APA.

Participants had their choice of a three-mile or one-mile hike, and contributed $10 to take part in either one. The event was underwritten by Anheuser-Busch Co.'s, enabling all proceeds to go directly to the APA shelter, said Estes.

With a bullhorn in her hand, Estes sent each group on its way with an "on your marks, get set, go - walk for the animals."

Veritable armies of colorfully dressed hikers and their dogs, each of whom was stylishly wearing a donated red bandana, surged along paths that wind through Forest Park east of the pavilion.

Among the hikers was Theresa DeWald of Manchester, with Chester, her two-year-old, 115-pound Great Pyrenees. White-haired Chester wore a pair of matching black saddlebags "for his supplies, mostly treats," said DeWald. She adopted Chester last March from the APA, and said the two "turned out today because we support the wonderful work the shelter does."

With DeWald was her mother, Glendy Lovelace of Manchester, who took the three-mile hike with Daisy, a champagne-and-white cocker spaniel.

"The four of us walk together in Queeny Park all the time, but this is the first time we've been able to show our support for the APA by taking this walk," said Lovelace. "We'll be back next year for sure - we're having a ball."

Karen Null, of Maryland Heights, was hiking with her Chinese Sharpei, Carmen, who wore the bandana and also a brightly colored sun visor.

"My family has lots of pets - two Great Danes, two dachsunds, and one beagle, in addition to Carmen - and we wouldn't have any of them if it weren't for shelters like the APA," said Null. …

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