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Tails on the Trail dog walk in Chambersburg raises nearly $1,200

June 14, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- One dog splashed around in the drinking water, while others found shade beneath furniture, under tents and inside the Henninger Field dugouts.

That was how the canines cooled off Saturday morning following the third annual Tails on the Trail dog walk, a joint effort between the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter and the Chambersburg Recreation Department.

"We got a good day. No rain," said Jennifer Vanderau, director of communications for the animal shelter.

It was a warm, humid day for the pups, but none of the approximately 35 that showed up seemed to care. Nor did the 50 people that came to walk them.

"The nice thing is this is a good fundraiser," said Jody Kegerreis, 49, of Chambersburg. "We've been here all three years."

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The "we" for Kegerreis includes his 2 1/2-year-old dog, McGee. Kegerreis raised $200 in donations -- good for the second-place prize -- and his three-year total is $430.

Dog walkers were asked to solicit donations, and almost $1,200 was raised Saturday.

"We ask for donations and a lot of walkers raise money," said Julie Redding, assistant superintendent of the Chambersburg Recreation Department. "All the money raised is divided equally between the rec department and the animal shelter. It's a good event."

The animal shelter uses the proceeds for adoptions and daily animal care, while the recreation department uses the money for repairs on the Chambersburg Rail Trail.

The dogs got a firsthand look at the rail trail during their walk, which started at Henninger Field. They strutted up Commerce Street before hooking up to the rail trail, which took them to the Southgate Shopping Center.

They then backtracked to Henninger Field, where they paraded around the infield and participated in contests, including best kisser, most obedient, cutest face and best look-a-like.

The Schurs of Fayetteville, Pa., were one of the first to return to Henninger Field with three of their dogs. They left two at home -- one because of struggles with the heat, and the other to keep him company.

Despite so many dogs, it was the first community dog walk they participated in.

"I volunteer at the animal shelter, so I'm usually more helping than anything else," Penny Schur said. "This time, we were glad to be able to participate."

They've adjusted to a home with more dogs than children.

"With five, I thought it would be too many," Mark Schur said. "But with so many different sizes and ages, each of them has a different disposition."

The differences are even greater when you go from a blended household to a blended community, as many saw at the dog walk.

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