Go Pacin' In Payson With A Pup

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Webster's dictionary defines "pace" as a stretching out of the leg in walking, the rate of speed in walking or running, or as the distance covered in a step or stride, generally estimated at 2.5 to 3.5 feet for humans.

It is a well-known fact that walking is highly beneficial to our health, both physically and mentally. So if you could afford to lose some poundage from the holiday glut, or if you need your spirits uplifted, get out and do some pacin' in Payson. And what better way to do this, than to take along man's best friend!

There are some great places in the Rim Country to walk with a dog. Green Valley Park on Main Street is very pleasant with its lake, green grass and paved walkways. If you can handle rougher terrain, there are many trails for hiking. On Houston Mesa there are easy trails near the Shoo Fly Ruins. In Pine you can take the Pine Trailhead in several directions. Off of Highway 260 near Christopher Creek is the wonderful See Canyon Trail. Along the East Verde River at Flowing Springs you can follow the river to your heart's content. The Forest Service Station has maps of trails and roads, so you can pick one yourself.

If you would like to help out the Payson Humane Society as a volunteer dog walker, we would love to get some of our 30 to 40 dogs out for supervised exercise on leash. Need help getting up that hill? Attach a dog on leash to your hand and up you go!

Shelter dogs benefit so much from personal attention and exercise, and our staff just can't do it without the help they receive from volunteers. Just call or stop by the shelter to learn more about volunteering. It is a very rewarding experience for animal lovers and it helps make our dogs more adoptable. And while you're there, ask about the incredible first annual Payson Humane Society 2008 Calendar which costs a mere $10 and makes a unique Christmas gift.

Here's an introduction to some of our favorite adoptable Payson Pacers:

LILY

Lily is a graceful 2-year-old spayed female Greyhound mix. She has a lovely golden tan coat and long slender legs. Lily's hind leg was injured in a car accident and she has been to the vet for treatment. We expect her to be completely normal once it is healed. Lily has a loving, docile nature and is a pleasure to have around. She has ladylike manners and walks proud on leash. We feel she will make an exceptional companion animal and are confident she will find a kind family that deserves such a fine dog.

McKAYLA

McKayla is a very attractive 1-year-old spayed female Black Mouth Cur mix. Her clean-looking cream-colored coat is short and easy care. She has a pretty, expressive face with black velvet wrinkles. McKayla came to our shelter as a stray with two of her puppies. She has a gentle, loving disposition and is super easy to handle because she is not a very big dog. She loves getting out for a walk and is so well behaved on leash. She's a happy girl and is longing to share her love with some extra special people.

LEVI

Levi is a big-hearted 3-year-old neutered male Bullmastiff mix. Big as he is, he is one of our favorite dogs to take on a walk because he stays on task and thoroughly enjoys his time outside. He got to go on Blue's Walk in Pine and he often goes to visit at senior centers bringing joy into the lives of the elderly. He likes all kinds of people and is a great car passenger. He is picky about his dog friends and prefers the docile sort.

AKEYMA

Akeyma is a beautiful 2-year-old spayed female Chow mix. She's a compact, medium-sized dog with a burnished red coat that is wonderful to touch. Akeyma has the happiest spirit and the best behavior you could ask for. She heels nicely and sits for her biscuits. She gets along well with other dogs and is the favorite dog of several of our volunteers because she is gentle, obedient and such a delight to take for a walk.

SOPHIE

Sophie is a good-natured 1-year-old spayed female black Shar Pei. Her face is expressive and intelligent with its black velvet wrinkles. She is always happy to see you, especially if you come to take her for a walk. It's fun to go out with Sophie because she doesn't pull and stays right with you, wagging her curled tail. We think Sophie is a real sweetheart!

To meet these and all the great pets available for adoption, visit our animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, or our Web site at www.paysonhumanesociety.com. For more information, call (928) 474-5590.

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