RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2014

One of Molly’s strongest passions is animal welfare. When I found out about the Million Paws Walk earlier this year, I thought she would probably be interested, so like all good unschooling mums, I “strewed” the idea before her. To say she was enthusiastic in her response would be an understatement!

A little while after registering for the walk, we discovered that the RSPCA is not a 100% perfect animal welfare organisation, which caused some confusion as to whether to proceed or not. After doing some reading and discussing the issues together, however, Molly decided to proceed with the fundraiser, based on the idea that they still do rescue animals, and the public/media attention garnered by the Million Paws Walk would help animals in need by providing much needed funds. Being vegetarian, we knew that we would not be participating in their meat-based barbecue, and we also hoped to meet up with a volunteer from Animal Liberation Victoria, who was going to be there with her pet pig wearing a sign that said “Friend, Not Food”.

And we're off!
And we’re off!
It was such a thrill for Molly to join with SO many other dogs and their families, all for a good cause (this is only a small portion of the people - and dogs! - that were there).
It was such a thrill for Molly to join with SO many other dogs and their families, all for a good cause (this is only a small portion of the people – and dogs! – that did the 5km walk around the lake).
Some of the people were real troopers ;)
Some of the people were real troopers 😉
The freakiest thing that happened during the walk was losing each other! Molly and Lucy had run ahead and then we somehow lost each other in the crowd and were apart for quite some time. It was so scary for me! I didn't know if she was ahead or behind, and I was getting worried. I found a volunteer in a little buggy, and she was so helpful! She radioed the volunteer headquarters, gave a description of Molly and Lucy (I was able to show her a current photo from the day) and then we went searching in the little buggy! When we got to the end of the course without success, I elected to wait there and she went back to search the crowds again. It was a heart wrenching wait and then eventually they were found! What a relief! I think I was way more worried than Molly, and I think she and Lucy quite enjoyed their little ride. :)
The freakiest thing that happened during the walk was losing each other! Molly and Lucy had run ahead and then we somehow lost each other in the crowd and were apart for quite some time. It was quite a terrifying experience! I didn’t know if she was ahead or behind, and I was getting worried. I finally found a very helpful, understanding volunteer in a little buggy, and she was so helpful! She radioed the volunteer headquarters, gave a description of Molly and Lucy (I was able to show her a current photo from the day) and then we went searching in the little buggy! When we got to the end of the course without success, I elected to wait there and she went back to search the crowds again. It was a heart wrenching wait and then eventually they were found! What a relief! I think I was way more worried than Molly, and I think she and Lucy quite enjoyed their little ride. 🙂
We found the pet pig!! She'd lost her "Friend Not Food" sign by this time, but it was still cool to meet her and her owner! :)
We found the pet pig!! She’d lost her “Friend Not Food” sign by this time, but it was still cool to meet her and her owner! 🙂
We also found lots of other dogs to play with! One of Molly's favourite breeds is the German Shepherd, so she enjoyed this opportunity for a pat, and also a chat with the owner, of course.
We also found lots of other dogs to play with! One of Molly’s favourite breeds is the German Shepherd, so she enjoyed this opportunity for a pat, and also a chat with the owner, of course.
One thing that Molly gets very angry about is puppy factories, so as soon as she saw this sign, she decided to go and speak with them. I love her zeal and her confidence to engage with adults on issues such as this.
One thing that Molly gets very angry about is puppy factories, so as soon as she saw this sign, she decided to go and speak with them. I love her zeal and her confidence to engage with adults on issues such as this.

All in all it was a great day and Molly particularly enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with so many dogs and dog-loving families, as well as feel like her fund raising might be able to make a little bit of a difference in the lives of neglected and abused animals.

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Karen Lee

FAMILY: Married since 1989 (does that make me old?), a full-time Mum since 1993, and unschooling my kids since 2005. On a journey of learning to live free and fully loved as God intended, following Jesus rather than an institution or "religion". Caring for the world and its people as best as I can.