On the 16th of May, the 16th annual Million Paws Walk will be trotting, wagging, barking, sniffing and licking its way from Olympic Park. Expect a lot of territory to get marked.
Run by the RSPCA, this communal four kilometre stroll acts as a fundraiser for the society's valuable work. Participants are encouraged to bring their pooches, although you don't have to have a dog to take part. (Other animals, however, are forbidden.) If you are planning to bring Fido, make sure to read this guide first.
As this video and these photos from 2009 show, the Million Paws Walk offers a wonderfully social way for pets and their owners to exercise. Humans can chat with other humans; dogs can sniff other dogs; dogs can lick humans; humans can lick dogs; humans can lick humans; humans can sniff dogs; and other dogs can sniff the humans who are sniffing dogs. The possibilities are endless – and all of them are fun.
While it is possible to register on the day, signing up in advance – whether online or offline – is cheaper. The price is $15 for adults, $10 for concession, $7 for children (under-5s are free) and $35 for families.