Simone Saunders enjoyed her first RSPCA Million Paws Walk so much she invited an old friend from Sydney to join her at the next one, a tradition they've kept for at least six years.
"It's just beautiful and everyone says hello," Ms Saunders said.
Canberra's version of the walk on Sunday took punters and their four-legged friends around Lake Burley Griffin to help raise money for the animal charity.
"It's a really enjoyable walk and everybody's really happy. The dogs are happy. The people are happy. It just breeds happiness."
Ms Saunders travels into Canberra from Murrumbateman and she and her mate make a weekend of it every time she's down.
She said consistently perfect conditions and the beautiful walk made it far better than Sydney's version.
Ms Saunders loved the cause behind the walk, probably because she owned a lot of animals.
"I have cows, sheep, horses, chickens, dogs and guinea pigs," she said.
She'd brought her dogs - named after choc milks - Milo and Quik, her daughter's dog and her neighbour's.
In fact just before Ms Saunders left for the walk on Sunday morning, her neighbour's daughter said she wanted to do a Million Paws walk, so Ms Saunders picked her up on the way.
"She said she now wants to go every year with me as well," Ms Saunders said.
Meanwhile, Gretel Burgess decided to dress up for Sunday's occasion, donning a mask of a pug to match her ... well ... pug, Pepe.
"I loved it, although Pepe git a bit tired so I had to carry Pepe a bit of the way," Ms Burgess said.
Pepe put on the brakes, laying on his belly, preferring to be slid downhill across the grass.
"I'd slide him down, give him some water and then he was good for a bit," she said.
In the end, Ms Burgess ended up carrying Pepe the rest of the way.
"Yeah, he's a bit lazy when it comes to walking him but no, he loved it," Ms Burgess said.
"We're big fans of animals obviously and RSPCA is a great cause because they do stop cruelty to animals."
And her mask? Ms Burgess said it wasn't one of her dogs but it made sense to have a pug mask with Pepe.
"It was either that or a cat or a chicken," she said.
Matt Watson brought his Great Dane dog, Frenzal, named after the Aussie punk legends Frenzal Rhomb.
He said he's got a bit of a tradition naming his dogs after punk bands, like Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin.
But this wasn't his or Frenzal's first rodeo with Mr Watson drawn by its social aspect.
"I actually went last year when Frenzal was a couple of months old," Mr Watson said.
"It's a good cause and good fun. A good initiative all around.
"He loves it. He's really social, happy-go-lucky."
Frenzal has done a bit of growing and despite being 70 kilograms, he's still a puppy.
But he said at that weight, Frenzal just had "more love to give".
Asked what it was like to have a 70 kilo baby around the house, Mr Watson said: "It's a mess.
"You're just constantly walking around with a rag."