Funding effort goes to the dogs

PARKERSBURG – More than 150 dogs and their people made their way to City Park for the 22nd annual Walk Your Paws fundraiser on Saturday morning.

Michelle Earl, executive director of the Humane Society of Parkersburg, said the event is the biggest fundraiser for the society.

In the costume contest, Keating, a dog owned by Nancy and Mark Miller, won dressed as a pirate. Due to a birth defect which left him with only three legs, Keating’s costume was complete with a peg leg.

Mark Miller, owner of Miller Prosthetics and Orthotics, said Keating came from Chattanooga, Tenn., and was owned by a prosthetics company owner who wanted to place him with another prosthetics company owner.

“I had a backyard that was fenced in and a dog door with no dog,” he said. “So I took him. With him being a puppy he was going to need a new prosthesis on a pretty regular basis.”

Nancy said Keating is also a therapy dog for prosthetics patients.

Miller said the leg for the costume was made from willow wood by Frank Byers.

“It’s not quite as functional as the one he normally wears, but it worked for the costume,” he said. “Frank turned the willow wood shank and I made the socket and we stuck them together yesterday.”

Nancy said Keating’s name came the character played by Robin Williams in “The Dead Poet Society.”

“He’s named after Robin Williams in a way,” she said.

Pam Scott, of Parkersburg, was at the walk Saturday with Chihuahuas.

I come every that I’m off,” she said. “I love to see the other dogs and I love to see the other Chihuahuas.”

Megan Ayers, of Parkersburg, came to Walk Your Paws with a Chihuahua also. She said she was at Walk Your Paws last year and decided to come again.

“I came last year with the Parkersburg High School Red Wings to help out,” she said. “I decided to come this year so my Chihuahua, Maya, can socialize more.”

Tammy Gates, of Parkersburg, brought her three dogs to the walk.

“We love animals and two of our dogs are rescues,” she said. “It gives them a day out for just having fun.”


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