LAKE PLACID - A locally-published book about the best trails for "man's best friend" is giving a much-needed boost to local animal shelters.
"Dog Hikes in the Adirondacks," published by Shaggy Dog Press in Westport, lists 20 trails throughout the Adirondack Park that are particularly dog-friendly. The 63-page paperback includes accounts from local writers of their experience hiking with pets, and features nearly two dozen photographs.
Among the book's contributors are Adirondack Life writers Elizabeth Folwell, Neil Burdick, and Mary Thill; Andy Flynn from the Paul Smiths VIC, and Westport author Colin Wells. It is edited by Annie Stoltie and Elisabeth Ward and includes photos by Nancie Battaglia and others.
"If people like to hike and they like dogs, they are going to want to know some good dog hikes," said the book's publisher, Libby Treadwell, noting how the book informs readers of where to go, how to get there, and some of the rules and regulations for pets that vary from trail to trail.
Hikes listed in the book range from easy to difficult, and include sections on trail etiquette, training the pup to hike and walks that can be handled by an aging dog. Veterinary tips, leash-law information, and lists of outlets for home-made dog treats.
What's more, $5 from the sale of each book will go to either the North Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or an animal advocacy organization of the buyer's choice.
A publication party for the book was held at the Mirror Lake Inn Oct. 7. Representatives from NCSPCA, the Tri-Lakes Humane Society, and Adirondack Friends of the Animals each attended and expressed their thanks for the added support.
"It's a win-win for all of us," said Margie Reuther, president of NCSPCA. "I think Annie and Libby did a great job."
Treadwell said the idea for the book originated when she and Stoltie were on the board for NCSPCA. Though they are no longer board members, they wanted to follow through on their project to support the shelter.
"These days it's not easy to raise money," said Reuther, "so any help we can get is really appreciated."
Books can be ordered by sending a check for $12.95 to Shaggy Dog Press, PO Box 318, Westport, NY 12993. Copies are also available for purchase at the Inn on the Library Lawn Book Store or Bessboro Shop in Westport, the Mountaineer in Keene Valley, and Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid.