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Pooch owners walk for SPCA

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

(QMI Agency file photo)

(QMI Agency file photo)

Though she was slowed down by two dislocated hind-knees, six-year-old Pomeranian Baby Eve was determined to march Stanley Park on her own furry legs Sunday during the annual BC SPCA Paws for a Cause fundraiser.

"We actually brought a buggy for her for the walk, but she would have nothing to do with it," laughed Debbi Austin, Burnaby SPCA animal control officer.

More than a thousand attended Vancouver's walk - each donating a minimum of $25 - one of 34 locations throughout B.C.

The Pomeranian was among a number of critters brought along by the SPCA for potential adoption.

The tiny pooch was recovered as a stray more than a month ago, apparently a runaway. SPCA caregivers managed to find the owner, but the price to fix Baby Eve's dental and knee problems, a possible birth condition, were too high.

Her throat is also injured, a possible side effect of tight collars when she was young.

"You can't help but fall in love with her, she's the coolest dog. She was just barking, she does her little twirl," Austin said.

Baby Eve is now nearly up for adoption, after spending the last two weeks with a "foster" SPCA family, but has to first undergo surgery.

Other events of the day included an obstacle course for dogs, a chow-down competition, and an owner-dog look-a-like contest.

The SPCA hopes to raise $1 million.