Friday, May 20, 2011

Paws for Independence Walk comes to Salem

The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation is holding its first annual Fidelco Paws for Independence Walk in Salem on June 4, 2011.  This walk around Salem Willows Park will raise money for the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, an organization that promotes increased independence to men and women who are blind by providing them with the highest quality German Shepherd Guide Dogs.  

And this is more than just a walk!  Here are some of the special activities planned for participants...

Photo contest!  Walkers are encouraged to email a picture of their favorite canine pal to Jan Adams at prior to the event to be entered into a competition to select most regal, most athletic, best holiday pose, best costume, cutest puppy, and the dog that most closely resembles its owner.  Fidelco staff will select the top six photos in each category to be displayed at the walk where walkers can vote for their favorites.  Winners from each category will receive a free pet portrait sitting from “Photography by Corrina.”

Fidelco Puppy Demonstrations - Fidelco puppies and their volunteer puppy raisers will touch your heart as they share and demonstrate the journey that our German Shepherd Guide Dogs undertake as they grow from puppies to guide dog partners. 

Salem Pet Psychic – Not one but two Pet Psychics from renowned Omen Psychic Parlor and Witchcraft Emporium will be offering canine readings. What will you learn?!     

Fidelco Guide Dog Demonstration – Our training staff will impress you with the training that each Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dog must undergo prior to being partnered with a person who is visually impaired.  

Nail Trimming – Professional groomers from It’s Raining Pets will be on hand to pamper your pet’s paws with a pedicure.  Donations only.  

Essex County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Demonstration – Marvel at the versatility of the German shepherd.  With proper training a Shepherd can guide a handler safely across the street or take a bad guy down before he gets half way there.

Barbeque Dinner – “Tennessee Barbeque” voted best of Boston, will be on hand to feed participants after the walk.  BBQ tickets are $12.00 and can be purchased in advance at or at the registration tent on Walk day.  A tempting choice of. Award winning chicken or pork BBQ, 3 sides and a slice of killer corn bread will make your mouth water.  Fear not, Canine friend, four legged friends will receive their own “doggie bag” filled with healthy, tasty dog treats.

Click here for more information and to register for the walk.   This is a great way to contribute to increased independence for men and women who are blind by providing them with the highest quality guide dog. 

We look forward to welcoming all of the walkers and their dogs to Salem on June 4th. 

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