Canine owners raise money for Brant County SPCA

Puppy mill pooch leads fundraising walk.

A small Yorkshire Terrier Maltese mix dog proudly led off the Brant County SPCA’s Friends for Life walk at Brantford’s Mohawk Park on Sunday.

Marco the Morkie was chosen to lead off the fundraiser accompanied by the family that adopted him, including his Chihuahua brother Willy.

Marco’s life began in a squalid puppy mill in Paris. But life is good now for Marco with Kevin and Linda Whitwell, his eventual parents. They were the ones that found Marco when he ran away from a previous adoptive owner and was the subject of a massive local search last November..

One of the more popular attractions among the vendors and displays at Sunday’s walk was an agility course operated by K9case Training and Recreation. The Brantford business offers obedience classes, doggie daycare and behaviour modification.

Owner Tawnya Casey said every dog has a working component behind them and needs to have something to do. Casey bases training on positive reinforcement.

Colleen Miller, who works for K9case, brought along her award-winning celebrity pooch Ripp. The 10-year-old Border Collie has made a name for himself in competitive disc dog.

The pooch has also performed on TV’s Murdoch Mysteries. Ripp still competes and took part in the agility nationals in New Brunswick earlier this year. Miller says Ripp’s parents were sheep herders.

“That’s why he’s such a good dog, because he’s from working lines,” Miller said.

She said Border Collies have to work or they become destructive.

“They’re really busy dogs and they’re so smart. They’re smarter than humans,” she said.

More than 60 people and their dogs took part in Sunday’s walk, raising more than $13,000.

Brant County SPCA executive director Robin Kuchma says the online donation site will be up for three more weeks.  Donations are also accepted at the Mohawk Street shelter.

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by Yvonne Van De Wiele-Cooper

www.brantnews.com

September 22, 2014

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