IN COSTUME: Charlotte Andrews and Izzy won best costume with their Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf outfits at Chinchilla’s Million Paws Walk. INSET: Charlotte realises she’s won.
IN COSTUME: Charlotte Andrews and Izzy won best costume with their Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf outfits at Chinchilla’s Million Paws Walk. INSET: Charlotte realises she’s won. Matthew Newton

Big Bad Wolf hits the streets for Million Paws Walk

CHARLOTTE Andrews, 6, couldn’t keep the grin off her face when she and dog Izzy were awarded best costume at Chinchilla’s Million Paws Walk.

Charlotte had decided a Little Red Riding Hood costume was the way to go, and so did the judges.

Izzy made for an obvious choice to play the part of the Big Bad Wolf.

Having already attended four walks in her six years, the Million Paws Walk is sure to be a fixture of Charlotte’s calendar for years to come.

“She loves it,” mum Rohmarna Andrews said.

“She dresses up ever year. There have already been discussions about next year’s costume.”

An opportunity to socialise, for both owners and dogs, Chinchilla’s Million Paws Walk began in 2012 thanks to the efforts of organiser Sandy Slattery-Raguse.

The walk raises money for the RSPCA, a cause close to Mrs Slattery-Raguse’s heart.

“I’ve always been a member of the RSCPA, even as a child. I’ve always loved animals,” she said.

Despite working at a meatworks for seven years between the ages of 17 and 24, Mrs Slattery-Raguse said that was not the experience which made her so passionate about helping animals, even though she would never work there again.

“As I’ve gotten older I’ve seen the cruelty and the way animals are treated in the world,” she said.

“It’s about being a voice for the animals... they can’t do actually physically do it, so that’s my way of contributing.

“The amount of animals that are going to the shelters. The neglected, the abused, the ones that need re-homing. They just need all the help they can get.”

At Sunday’s walk, 77 people turned out to help the organisation who helps all creatures, great and small.

“Every little bit helps,” Mrs Slattery-Raguse said.

“You just keep digging away and digging away.”


Queen's sorrow as PM sums up sadness

Premium Content Queen's sorrow as PM sums up sadness

Scott Morrison speaks to the Queen on Prince Philip's passing

Blue-eyed surfer becomes dad-of-50 in sperm bank glitch

Premium Content Blue-eyed surfer becomes dad-of-50 in sperm bank glitch

There are now fears he could have fathered dozens more

Millions invested in drought-research hubs to grow farm jobs

Premium Content Millions invested in drought-research hubs to grow farm jobs

Millions of dollars are being invested in a drought research hub at the University...