17th annual PAWS Walk

My six-month-old Chihuahua suffered the indignity of being stepped on several weeks ago. Pinky cried. The veterinarian told me she had a broken leg that would cost $600 to fix. I cried. One month later, Pinky’s four legs are intact, and my bank account is . . . well, it’s getting there. But that makes us plenty qualified to participate in the Progressive Animal Welfare Society’s 17th annual PAWS Walk. All pet owners need to do is register Fido via the PAWS Web site ($25 recommended), then convince a couple of friends to sponsor them. Proceeds from the 5K charity jaunt benefit homeless animals in need of shelter and/or rehabilitation. Plenty of rest stops, water breaks, and even a shortcut will be available so that all participants—including Pinky, who, though the cast is gone, has taken to walking on three legs—can make it across the finish line and help their furry friends. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., www.pawswalk.net. Free. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. ERIKA HOBART

Sat., Sept. 6, 8 a.m., 2008

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