Sugar, pictured above, was mine and my wife's dog for just over 15 years. Unfortunately, she developed serious health problems and passed away last September. We might get another dog someday, but not right now.

However, I found a way to get my 'dog fix' this past Saturday at the San Angelo Animal Shelter. I got to walk 6 dogs between 8AM and 10AM, had lots of fun, while satisfying the need to be around dogs.

All I had to do was show up, sign a waiver, and start walking dogs. This happy guy, in the photo below, was so excited to see me that he couldn't stop jumping for the first few minutes. Once we got acquainted, we went for a nice walk.

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Some of the dogs are 'runners', and they like to run around the track. Then there are a few like this black & white dog in the photo below, who are just looking for some quality time outside the kennels with lots of petting and talking.

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This handsome brown and white male, (just look at those eyes!) can be adopted for only $25.00, and he was fun to go on a walk with.

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Gotta love this happy face! This gentle, happy dog was fun to walk with and talk to.

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It's hard to believe, but this is a full blood German Shepherd, and he's an older guy, but still full of energy with lots of loyalty and love to give.

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All of the dogs I had the privilege of walking are available now for adoption at the San Angelo Animal Shelter. You can join me and all the folks who were out walking dogs every Saturday from 8AM - 10AM. You can bring the kids to help you walk the dogs, but you'll need to be in charge of both.

Whether you're a college student, stationed at Goodfellow, or just love dogs but can't have one right now, I would encourage you to head out to the Animal Shelter any Saturday you get a chance. It's great exercise for the dogs and you, and a great way to get your dog fix!

Thanks to Kelcie and all the great volunteers from West Texas AFA (Angels For Animals) who do all the work and match the dogs and volunteers. Call 325-227-9452 for more details on how you can adopt, foster, or volunteer.