I’m not on many boards or committees, but there’s one that I’ve on for two years now. It’s been a lot of fun to be on the committee that plans “Walk With Harold,” which happens right in my own backyard.
The “Walk” is a one-mile charity dog-walk and fair at St. Mary’s by the Sea. The mascot, Harold, is an adorable and well-dressed Dachshund with big eyes that have a way of bending you to his will. As in: “Does hims want a hamburger? Oooo, those eyes. I’m going to drive to Whole Foods and get some hamburger for Harold!”
Harold’s is the pride and joy of Auden Grogins, our state rep and someone who’s been a friend and neighbor for years. She also has the big eyes that seduce you into letting her plant her re-election sign on your lawn during election season.
The walk is a little too much for Harold, a mature little daschund. His “daddy,” Ira, carries him on a doggy knapsack. This is OK, though, because the name of the event is “Walk with Harold,” not “Harold Walks With You.”
It’s all for a good cause. Actually two. Proceeds benefit the Bridgeport Animal Shelter and The Robert G. McInnis, Jr. Hospice Suite at Milford Hospital and Cancer Education Programs.
About the hospice:
“The Fairway Suite” was dedicated in December 2007 in memory of Robert G. McInnis, a prominent businessman in our region. The suite is a specially designed home-like suite of rooms to serve the terminally ill patient and their loved ones in the last days of their life.
Hospice care is a philosophy of caring that assists those nearing the end of life and needing refuge. It is a system of caring designed to restore dignity and provide a sense of personal fulfillment for the dying. The focus is on the patient and family rather than the disease.
Since opening, over 400 patients have been service through hospice at Milford Hospital.
About the Bridgeport Animal Shelter:
Bridgeport Animal Control, at 236 Evergreen St., can hold 80 dogs and 25 cats (soon they that number will increase to 52 cats). They are the biggest “municipal” shelter in the state.
Incredibly the shelter almost took in 2,000 animals for the 2007-2008 fiscal year.
The staff also speak to kids, as well as to seniors, about pet ownership and dog and cat safety. Although they are a city shelter, they depend on donations to enhance the standard of care for the animals who reside there.
To participate in a future Walk, contact: 203-783-1143, http://www.milfordhospitalfoundation.org