Wednesday, July 28, 2010

300 People Attend Sixth Annual Big Gay Dog Walk in Victoria, B.C.

Jake, a rescued grey pit bull puppy, shows off his
rainbow-taped right leg during Sunday’s Big Gay Dog Walk.
Photograph by: Adrian Lam, Times Colonist
June 27, 2010

[Victoria, British Columbia] When Jessy Martin met Jake six weeks ago, the grey pit bull puppy with a white stripe up his nose weighed just eight kilograms, was wheezing from a triad of respiratory ailments and had a fractured right leg. He’d been rescued from puppy mill conditions in Surrey along with 22 other dogs. “He was limp,” Martin said of Jake’s personality at the time. “He slept over 20 hours a day.” On June 27, at the Big Gay Dog Walk, Jake favoured his rainbow-taped right front leg only when he slowed down enough to remember it hurt. Organizers estimate about 300 people turned out for the sixth annual Big Gay Dog Walk, one of Victoria Pride Week’s most anticipated events.