… and I’ve had a few doggos in my day too.
There was Fritzy, the German Shepherd …
… and Co-co, the Cocker Spaniel …
… and last, but not least, Peppy, the poodle.
Eventually my parents switched to birds for pets as they were more trainable … we never did know if it was them or us that was the problem as to puddles of piddle.
But I digress.
Today’s post is about the second virtual 5K Walk I did this year … this was the “Mutt Strut” to benefit FAMD, the acronym for the “Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit” which is a state-of-the-art, no-kill animal shelter located in Dearborn, Michigan used to provide temporary homes for dogs from the neighboring communities, including Detroit. If you’d care to see the photos from the 2019 event, just click here.
That was a fun event, geared for people and pooches to walk or run together and all funds raised benefited this worthwhile charity. Though I had no dog in the race/walk, I left thinking “ this was fun – I’ll do it again in 2020.” Well, as you might have guessed, the pandemic quashed that idea. But in mid-August I got an e-mail invitation to participate in the VIRTUAL Mutt Strut 2020.
Well “doggone it” I decided I’d do this 5K event.
I planned to take my walk in the same locale as last year, where we began at Ford Field Park in Dearborn, then trekked en masse through a neighborhood, along a busy shopping area of West Downtown Dearborn, over a wooden bridge that crossed the Rouge River and continued on the River Rouge Path all the way to Hines Park. Whew – it was a hot day and I’d have explored more of that Rouge Gateway Trail had I not already walked three miles at the duck pond with the mischievous Mallards and scenic covered bridge before embarking on this trek.
I did not pick up my tee-shirt in advance, since it was not a group event and also because it necessitated a visit to the shelter and nope, nope, nope – I was not going to do that and see or hear all those sweet animals looking for their “furever” home. I’m a bleeding heart and it’s just too tough on me to lose pets. I won’t make that mistake again of loving an animal so deeply that it tears a hole in my heart once they are gone. I know people say that my mindset is wrong and I am 100% sure I could open up my heart and home to a shelter pet … but for now, I have the squirrels.
Here we go … happy trails for happy tails!
I began my solo virtual trek at Ford Field Park, then, after a short hop through the ‘hood, this overlook behind Andiamo’s Restaurant offered a great vantage point to peer down into the Rouge River.
Well, I may have laid out that trek in my mind, but once I began walking, I realized the original plan was not going to work. There was construction, so I had to walk a few blocks out of my way, which gave me a chance to see the Dearborn Historical Society/Museum (the outside anyway).
At the side of the Museum was the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden and a few of their prized specimens.
The roses were fragrant in the humid air. Behind the Museum was a herb garden.
Next, I headed up to Michigan Avenue and through the business district which yielded to another overlook which put me onto the Rouge River Gateway Trail.
Well, still another obstacle in this course presented itself – so much for heading over this footbridge and walking past Henry and Clara Ford’s extensive estate. While I was game, there was caution tape just beyond the bridge since there was construction being done on the trail.
No worries … I took another path and was treated to a woodsy paved walking/bike trail.
I ended up walking about seven miles that day, far exceeding the required 3.2 miles/5 kms in the Virtual Mutt Strut. I am including the photo of my tee-shirt; there was no finishing medal offered for the virtual gig.