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More Pups (and Their People) Needed for Monthly Dog Walking Hikes at Blue Sky Reserve

Blue Sky manager Annie Ransom says rainy weather has gotten the monthly informational walks off to a bad start.

Since losing one of his rescues, volunteer John Morgan is a furry friend short on the monthly nature walks at the . But his other two dogs still come along for the hike.

“Often his wife will come as well,” said Blue Sky manager Annie Ransom of the two-hour informational walk.

Anna Gateley-Stanton, another volunteer and a longtime docent of the reserve, also brings along her little pooch―a Pomeranian that found her while walking her neighborhood one day.

According to Ransom, the only thing they’re missing is more participants. Ransom says since the program began in November, they’ve only had one or two people attend each hike.  

“Unfortunately, we had rain two of the months,” she said. “Each month we have different themes―leashes, picking up after your pet, pet safety and disaster plans.”

And for those interested in learning a little about tracking, patrolling and trail maintenance, Morgan and Gateley-Stanton are the ones to talk to.

“They’re very knowledgeable about plants and animals in the reserve,” Ransom said.

The hikes on the first Sunday of every month, with the next one taking place on Feb. 5. For more information, call 858-668-4781.

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