Hike A Houlagan

Dec. 16 Last hike of 2017! Stony Point Fashion Park 11AM


WHERE:Powhatan State Park (Back in January) Meet at the first playground/shelter on the right
Stony Point Fashion Park (Dec 16) Meet in the parking lot to the left of the Dicks' Sporting Goods area
WHEN:Start time depends on the temperature. We want to make the dogs comfortable. If it is going to be over 80, then start time is 9:30AM. Highs closer to 70 and we will start at 10:30AM
WHAT:Powhatan State Park - We walk around a relatively flat two mile loop through the park and follow it up with a little one on one time with the dogs.
Stony Point Fashion Park - The dogs get to experience a more urban environment and get a lot of attention from store staff and customers. You can walk your Houlagan around the mall, visit stores (look for the dogs are welcome sticker in store windows) and/or hang out in the new comfy seating areas.
SIGN-UP:Email: hah@houlagansrest.com or look for the sign-up post on the HaH Facebook Hike a Houlagan on Facebook page
First-timers, please fill out and bring a volunteer application

HaH (really, that's a fitting acronym) will build confidence for dogs who need it to reconnect with folks. This isn't about strict obedience classes. It's about leash walking a rescue on a trail, maintaining control of the dog, gently correcting the dog (c'mon, you know they will be excited to trot, leap, gambol, sniff - it's like walking a furry game fish), praising the dog, and helping the pup move forward.

Ok. You're feeling a little adventurous, "Sign me up for that cruise!" Email Houlagans. We'll send you an application to volunteer (No, it's not a big deal!). You will need to sign a waiver (hiking can be dangerous). You will need to sign a statement that you have never been convicted of animal cruelty under any animal statute (Meanies beware and it's the law). You will need hiking shoes (four footers can make two footers feel clumsy!).

Finally, you will need to guard your heart. There are hopeful, eager pups waiting for one-on-one time with a person. They lean in to gentle touches. They lock onto kind eyes. They romp around when a kindred romper offers fellowship.


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