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[PyrNet-L] Chat: MS Walk
Congratulations are in order to Sierra Ungerman, and Brie, Carly, Piper and
Sam Tobin for completing the MS Walkathon Sunday April 18, 1999. They walked
all five miles through downtown and midtown Sacramento, to be met at the
finish line by cheerleaders, balloons, and very appreciative MS sufferers.
The dogs were awarded medals for their achievement, while their human
handlers got nutrition bars and a pizza lunch.
The weather couldn't have been better for the Walk that wound past the
Capitol, storefronts, office buildings, old Victorian homes, city parks, and
the like. The pyrs started off at about 8:20 a.m. full of vim and vigor.
Naturally, everywhere they went, the pyrs were besieged by that age-old
question "Why kind of dog is that?" Of course they didn't have to answer so
they didn't mind. Hundreds of people participated in the Walk, but only
these five Great Pyrenees, so they were a great topic of conversation.
There were several water/food stops along the way and the pyrs were
especially tended to when they showed up. The humans took advantage of the
port-o-potties. At the 4.5 mile marker, Sierra put on a sprint; she put her
head down and picked up the pace so that her human handler was practically
jogging to keep up. She was tired of being passed by other walkers, which is
most uncharacteristic of her since she is the supreme lagger on walks around
the neighborhood. Once past the finish line though, she enjoyed collapsing
in the cool grass to wait for the rest of the pyr pack.
The Tobin clan was moving too, until Sam decided he had had enough fun. He
lay down in Capitol Park about 1/4 mile from the finish line and refused to
budge. He revived after his humans made a quick trip to the (fortunately)
close-by van so that he could be provided water in his own bowl, and the
group made it through the finish line, a little over two hours from when they
started. Everyone collapsed in the shade on the cool grass to recover from
the big Walk, while the human handlers continued to explain "what type of dog
Next years Walk is set for Saturday, April 9th, 2000. This is a very
worthwhile event; plan ahead so that next year you and your pyr won't miss
the fun! I believe it is a national event, but each individual chapter
sponsers thier own Walk.