The THSD rescues dogs from shelters and trains them to be service and hearing dogs. I'm sure you're familiar with seeing eye dogs for the blind. Service dogs are similar, except that they are trained to help people with physical disabilities. It's amazing the work they can do (just imagine dropping your checkbook if you're in a wheelchair...just how are you going to be able to pick it up? The service dog can do that for you). And as you might guess, hearing dogs are for people with hearing loss and deafness.
The Mighty Texas Dogwalk is our annual event, where we try to break the world record for the largest dog walk. We've done it in the past, and we're trying again this year. The best part is that this walk has turned into one of the largest dog events here in Austin - the site contains tons of booths and tents for all sorts of dog related items - rescue groups, shelters, training facilities, food and treats, etc.
I remember the first dog walk I attended, back before I started volunteering with THSD...my wife and I figured it would be the world's largest dogfight. But actually all the dogs were on their best behavior - everyone figured if they started anything, then nobody was getting out alive.
Anyway, just like last year, I'm playing cone guy. Met with the police last weekend to go over the route and make sure we knew how to lay out the traffic cones...here's hoping for good weather and smooth operations.