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Canines on Canal event benefits Humane Society

October 21, 2000

Canines on Canal event benefits Humane Society



By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer


WILLIAMSPORT - Slobbering with enthusiasm, Samson the 100-pound Labrador retriever dragged his owner toward the towpath Saturday at the C&O Canal's Cushwa Basin in Williamsport.

"He loves the towpath - as you can tell," owner Cheryl Grove said.

The Hagerstown resident said she and Samson walk the scenic path just about every weekend, but this time they walked for a cause.

Grove and Samson joined about 40 other morning walkers for the Humane Society of Washington County's 4th annual Canines on the Canal fund-raiser.

This year's event raised about $4,800 for the Humane Society, said Sheridan Rockwell, a Humane Society Board member who helped coordinate the walk.

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Walk participants paid or got sponsorships for at least $15 each to benefit the Humane Society, Rockwell said. A ground-breaking ceremony for the animal service's new building will be held Tuesday.

Grove handed Rockwell $210 in pledges she collected from her co-workers at C. William Hetzer Inc. before heading on the three-mile round-trip hike under sunny skies.

Greencastle, Pa., resident Cindy McCune and Linda Frakes of Hagerstown walk the towpath together often. But McCune's golden retriever, Sam, and Frakes' schnauzer, Bart, made their first acquaintance in a tangle of fur and leashes just prior to Saturday's walk.

"This may have been a mistake," McCune said, laughing.

Matthew Glessner, 13, and his 10-year-old brother, Ryan, had no such worries about Molly, the springer spaniel that the boys' mother, Sandy, adopted from the Humane Society.

"Molly is obedient," said Matthew Glessner, of Inwood, W.Va.

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