The AVA (American Volkssport Association) started its August walk in Beaverdale (pocket community of Des Moines) Iowa. It was the Dog Days of Summer by name but the weather blew the curve on the heat, kicking out a mere 70º. It was a spectacular morning for a walk and that is just what 57 individuals and 13 Canine Walkers did, they went for a walk. The walk went through the neighbor hood down to the Drake University area and included a cemetery, a courthouse, and a couple more items that can be counted towards specific achievements by the Volksporters. This event was hosted by Paws & Effect to promote the human animal bond and also to tie into the AVA's Greater Des Moines Chapter Canine Walker program that will be promoted by the national organization next year. Another great event for Paws & Effect.