Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan is published by William Morrow. It tells the story of my adventures with Atticus M. Finch, a little dog of some distinction. You can also find our column in the NorthCountry News.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Our Winter Quest Starts In A Week; There Are Still Some Open Mountains

The Winter Solstice is 1:08 am, a week from today. So starts the 90 days of winter and our Winter Quest. We have two goals this year, to hike each of New Hampshire’s 48 4,000-foot mountains twice in the winter season; and to raise as much money for Angell Animal Medical Center through our quest.

Above you will see one more shot of the adult residents of Flying Collie Farm. Because of a donation to A.A.M.C. by Hailey Klein, Atticus and I will be hiking North Hancock in their name.

Another goal is to have each of the first round of 48 peaks dedicated to a pet (living or lost) before winter begins. At this point it doesn’t look like we are going to make that goal. However, if you still want to dedicate a peak to your dog, cat, horse, or any other pet, we will hike that peak in your pet’s honor and Angell Animal Medical Center will get your donation and be able to continue their work as a non-profit in tending to thousands of animals a year. (And remember, it is a tax write off.) If money is tight now because of the holidays, don’t sweat it. Just make the dedication now and pay for it some time later (by the middle of March).

For more information on how to donate to this good cause please check out the sidebar to the right.

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