Humane Society holds 23rd Annual Dog Walk
NEW ULM – The Brown County Humane Society held its 23rd Annual Dog Walk on Saturday.The event started at the Humane Society Shelter on South Valley Street at 9 a.m. Sponsored participants walked or without a pet along the City bike path. Those who wanted to walk with a dog, but did not have a canine companion could take one of the shelter animals. Walkers had the option of traveling one or two miles.
Tim Reinke was at the halfway point with water for the dogs. Reinke commented that this year’s dog walk had near perfect weather. The year before dog walkers had to contend with rain and two years ago contend with extreme heat.
For Kathy Eckstrand the Annual Dog walk is a family event. Kathy’s grandchildren Andrew, Samantha, and Emily Eckstrand all participate as a family; as well as the family dog Duchess. Kathy says it is important to show the younger generation the importance of volunteering.
Juneau, New Ulm’s canine cop also made an appearance at the fund raiser. Juneau’s handler Jeremy Reed was available to answer questions regarding the canine officer. Juneau and Reed have been partners for nearly four years. The five-year-old German Shepherd is trained to sniff out narcotics and locate missing people. Juneau has been trained as police dog since he was six weeks old. Reed said that even though Juneau puts in a lot of hard work, the animals sees it all as play.
Other activities and events included face painting with Pastor Jeff Bovee, pet portraits photographed by Sarah Kessler, and appearances by children’s book author Jill Kalz.
The even was hosted by the New Ulm Chapter of Thrivent and Tim Reinke, Thrivent Financial Representatives to ensure 100 percent of proceeds will benefit the homeless animals in Brown County. The Humane Society is run by volunteers and depends on the support of the community.