Hundreds ready to put best paw forward

A leisurely stroll around leafy Traralgon streets with hundreds of neighbourhood dogs will be a nice distraction for swimmer Emily Beecroft from not only her training, but also her year 12 studies.

Seven-year-old 'cavachon' Murphy will join Emily Beecroft and her family for the RSPCA Million Paws Walk on May. photograph hayley mills

Seven-year-old 'cavachon' Murphy will join Emily Beecroft and her family for the RSPCA Million Paws Walk on May. photograph hayley mills

Her family is enrolled in the RSPCA Million Paws Walk which last year had almost 300 local dog owners and their families clip leashes on their pets and join each other for a day out.

Ms Beecroft will walk around Agnes Brereton Park with her family and their seven-year-old 'cavachon' Murphy and sit on a judging panel for competitions throughout the day.

"We're a real dog family so to go down there and see so many different types of dogs, it's a really good fun day," Ms Beecroft said.

"The first year I went [on the walk] ... I don't think I've ever seen that many dogs in my life. It was just so crazy."

Walkers can join routes of either one, 3.4 or 6.8 kilometres and take part in a number of activities and competitions in the park, such as 'cutest outfit' and 'waggiest tail'.

Traralgon event coordinator Barb Webb said events families should enjoy were the competitions for the best trick with both adult and junior handlers.

"There's a lot going on and it's all about dogs," Ms Webb said.

"Dogs are no longer a backyard commodity, they're a member of the family."

Ms Webb is hoping for 500 entrants at this year's event.

She said one of the main things people considered when they registered was the great work of the RSPCA.

"As much as it is a fun day out with your dog ... it is ultimately to raise money so they can keep fighting against animal cruelty."

Ms Webb said activities could be moved to an undercover area if the weather was "a bit ordinary".

The event will be on Sunday, May 20, 10am-2pm and the walk will begin at 11am. Visit millionpawswalk.com.au for more information about the event and for registration.

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