The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local News

May 17, 2014

Parading the pooches

Walkers help dogs living in stressful conditions

ANDERSON — Skyla Baird struggled to hold on to the excited black Lab mix pulling her down the sidewalk.

Baird, 16, was one of five volunteers participating in the first the Ernie’s Walkers May Walk on Saturday.

“I have always had a love for animals,” she said, struggling to keep her balance as the Lab strained to sniff the surrounding shrubbery. “This is something I enjoy doing.”

The hour-long walk, coordinated by Ernie’s Heart Pet Food Pantry’s Jan Smith, is the first of many to come, organizers said. Plans to have a walk at least once a month are already in place, but Smith said she hopes it can be done more frequently.

“It’s good exercise for us, and we can get the dogs out,” she said.

The first walk also corresponded with the monthly pet food pantry, Smith said. Prior to the walk, Ernie’s Heart Pet Food Pantry distributed 1,700 pounds of pet food, she said.

Colleen Miller, shelter manager and adoption coordinator, said there were five volunteers participating in the first official Ernie’s Walkers May Walk.

Miller said she was very appreciative of Smith’s efforts to get more people involved in walking the dogs.

“They are willing to get these dogs out and get them seen,” she said. “The more places they can be seen, the better it is for them.”

Miller said the shelter environment is particularly hard for the animals.

“It’s kind of like jail for them,” she said. “It’s loud and stressful and not a home environment like many of them are used to. Although they are strays or have been surrendered, they still knew some kind of a home.”

Taking the dogs on a walk helps them improve their social skills, helps with leash manners and gives the animals an opportunity to interact with people other than the staff, Miller said.

Text Only
Local News
  • NWS - HB0728 - Colts Camp - 006 Armed Forces Day at Colts camp pairs Girl Scout cookies with veterans

    Pair Girl Scouts and their world-famous cookies with Armed Forces Day at Indianapolis Colts training camp, and you've got a winning combination. Operation: Cookie Drop, as it's called, is a program where customers buy boxes of cookies for delivery to active and retired military throughout central Indiana.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0728 - World War 1 local Nurse hoped for lasting peace after World War I Ella Hand’s grave marker in Elwood is simple and unadorned. A stone block, it marks that she was born Sept. 20, 1870, and died Oct. 28, 1937.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0728 - Gordon art Rain doesn't dampen Brickyard fans' spirits

    Despite threatening skies and chances of rain, fans at the Brickyard 400 were not disheartened by the forecast Sunday. Fans expected the race to be completed and were anticipating an exciting race for the Sprint Cup event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • What's Where: July 28 Local meetings and activities are scheduled Monday, July 28.

    July 28, 2014

  • Markleville Jamboree begins July 31 Is your baby the prettiest? Does your pet do amazing tricks? Do you bake, sew, craft? Do you like tractors? If any of this sounds like you, you're invited to join in the contests at the Markleville Jamboree.

    July 28, 2014

  • Arrest Log: July 27 Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Friday and Saturday based on Madison County Jail records.

    July 27, 2014

  • SPT - HB0727 - Harvick art Harvick dominates qualifying SPEEDWAY — Kevin Harvick dominated the first ever knock-out qualifying for the Brickyard 400, easily capturing the pole position for Sunday’s race.Harvick in the Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet posted the quickest time in all three sessions and was the

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0727 - Markleville honor Another golden hour: Couple gives thanks to rescuers On Saturday, the Smalls attended the Adams Markleville fire department’s annual ice cream social to personally thank those they say are responsible for saving Steve’s life.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0727 - Teacher Blessing - 13 Church's donation a blessing for teachers Thirty teachers attended the second annual Blessings for Teachers on Saturday at Anderson First Baptist Church.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws - hb0725 - colts - jc - 4.jpg Colts camp's impact: pricey or priceless?

    Football fever is here and the city is flooded with fans eager to catch a glimpse of a favorite player. But officials say they are unclear what kind of economic impact the Indianapolis Colts training camp has on the area.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

July Staff Photos

Buy and browse more photos from The Herald Bulletin

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Auto Industry Book
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide