Next hike: TBD
We are taking a hiatus until September. Check back then!
|WHERE:||Powhatan State Park Meet at the first playground/shelter on the right ($4 parking fee)|
|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.|
|SIGN-UP:||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or look for the sign-up post on the HaH 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.