The 2011 Riverland Million Paws was once again a great success.
The annual RSPCA walk was held at the Berri Riverfront on Sunday morning, with 160 people and 122 dogs joining in the fun, and helping to raise much needed funds for the RSPCA.
Walkers came from near and far to join in, with some travelling from Murrayville (Victoria) and Adelaide to be part of the action.
There was much excitement in the air as the dogs gathered from as early as 9.00am, not wanting to miss any of the action. The noise levels were deafening prior to the walkers leaving at 10am, for a walk along the riverfront to the Berri Rodeo grounds and back.
They all returned tired after the walk, and settled quietly on the grass to enjoy the rest of the activities. The most popular competitions were judged by the crowd, with “Stormy” Richardson winning the “Best Trick” competition. Stormy retrieved 2 flags on command, demonstrating great concentration given the number of other dogs trying to distract him. “Lilly “ Dominey was the runner up in the “Best Trick” competition.
The most glamorous dog was declared (once again by the crowd present) to be “Maggie” Abblett, winning against very strong competition, with at least 12 dogs entered in this competition.
The Bandana relay was the most entertaining event, with a total of 32 dogs (in four teams of 8) running in heats and then a final. The winning team consisted of “Matilda” Trewren, “Otto” Anderson, “Lilly” Martin, “Bear” Auricht, “Solly” Dominey, “Shadow” Geelston and “Sushi” Geelston.
The Berri Lions club provided refreshments for the walkers, and probably some of the dogs as well!