On Saturday September 24th, almost 100 dogs and even more humans hit the trails at Uniacke Estate Museum Park with a goal to raise $10,500 – enough to provide life changing service dogs for three Nova Scotia first responders living with PTDS.
Hosted by Muddy Paws Adventures, the third annual Trails N’ Tails charity hike invited the general public, first responders and their canines to participant in a 60 minute nature hike with all proceeds going to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s First Responder PTSD Service Dog Initiative. Along with spending time on picturesque trails, participants enjoyed the Salty Dog BBQ, sWAG bags, prizes and an action-packed demonstration from the Halifax Regional Police K-9 unit.
Koko and I extend a huge thank you to our family, friends and MHFNS volunteers who helped with everything from baking hundreds of dog shaped cookies to traffic control. Two paws up to all of our sponsors who helped us get the word out, provided swag and prizes, BBQ supplies, and a beautiful venue.
Most of all a big thank you to all who took part. It was especially heartfelt to see so many first responders, military and service dogs join us. If you haven’t yet donated and would like to support the police, fire, EHS, search & rescue, and military personal who have sacrificed their own mental health to save lives and protect our communities, please visit our Gofundme page. With your support, we’ll reach our goal!