It was a terrific day for AIDS Walk – Phoenix 2013 with a cloudless sky and temperatures in the 70’s.
Thanks to the generosity of so many, Harper picked up the second place gift basket for raising $1260. Technically that is the 3rd place finish but the winner received the coveted “Golden Bone Award” from Paws For The Cause so Harper’s 3rd place standing earned her the second place gift basket which was chocked full of canine-related gift items. Harper’s dads had an additional $800 in sponsorships so the total Casa de Harper contribution to this year’s event was over $2000.
Harper did well during the event. She was a little overwhelmed, at first, by all the people and other dogs but once the walk started she did fine. Her biggest struggle was adjusting to walking on the street. Harper has learned when walking to stay on the sidewalk and to sit down and wait for permission before stepping off a curb so she spent much of the first mile trying to drag me out of the street to the sidewalk.
Once she realized it was OK to walk in the street she relaxed. There were nice people at each mile marker with water and treats and for dogs such as Harper who were especially cute they had little pieces of sliced turkey. Harper liked these people very much.
Harper and her two dads were walking with her uncles Neal and George,
One of the stranger items in Harper’s gift basket was a stuffed toy called “Girlfriend”.
On it’s back was a sticker (warning label?) that says; “Bite Me. I Squeak & Rattle”. Admittedly it has been a three decades since I had a girlfriend but I did not recall that; neither the characteristic nor the warning label
After the walk, Harper, her two dads, and her two uncles went to brunch . Harper was extremely well-behaved.
Harper’s Keeper… not so much.
Harper’s fabulous parting gifts included two new bandanas. I think they are fashion-forward, albeit in an Eastern European kind of way.