Healthy Floridians 4th annual Dog Walk on Lake DeFuniak Mar. 26

March 15, 2011

Have a fun walk and win prizes for your pup

The Walton County Health Department is sponsoring their fourth annual Dog Walk around Lake DeFuniak on Saturday, March 26 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

This opportunity for outdoor activity and recreation is free and open to the public of all ages, with or without a canine companion.  Doggie bags at registration include a free leash and frisbee, with information on canine concerns such as rabies, dog bite prevention, pet hurricane preparation, animal shelters and refuges.  Registration begins at 10 a.m. on Circle Drive near the Amphitheater at Lake DeFuniak.

Dogs are encouraged to dress for the occasion.  Prizes of grooming items, tasty dog treats and/or chew toys will be awarded to the “best dressed” dogs at 11:30 a.m. at the registration area.  Halfway around this 1-1/4 mile route, a water station will be available for both hounds and humans, courtesy of the Walton County Prevention Coalition.  Dogs are rewarded at the end of their exercise with a complimentary doggy delicacy.  Over 50 dogs of every size, breed and disposition attended last year’s event without dispute, demonstrating admirable socialization skills.

This community activity is being held in conjunction with “Healthy Floridians Month”, promoting physical activity for reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.  In recognition of Tobacco Free Florida week, and in consideration of residents of Circle Drive, this is a tobacco-free event.  All dogs must be leashed.  For more information, please contact Kat Tanza at 892-8040, extension 1159.