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Irene Rabinowitz Takes A Journey Four Paws To Support Pet Friendly Organizations

Originally Posted: October 19, 2012

Nicole Barylski

Irene Rabinowitz on "A Journey Four Paws". (Photo: Long Island Pet Professionals)

On Monday, October 8, 2012, Irene Rabinowitz, owner of Barks-n-Bubbles Boutique, and her dog Sydney finished their four day trek walking 70 miles to raise awareness and funds for two charitable organizations. She was cheered on by supporters from all over Long Island, upstate and New York City. The walk called 'A Journey Four Paws' was Irene's way of doing something to make a positive impact on getting a dog park built in her hometown in Selden, NY and to raise awareness about arthritis which both her and her dog suffer from. Irene takes her dogs on daily long walks to help keep them fit and the arthritis at bay.

Irene said, "I feel great that I put my mind to something and did it. I hope others can realize that 'anything is possible.' I learned early on that life is a journey; A Journey Four Paws had a lot of meaning for me on a personal level - taking the negatives that come our way in life and turning them into positives in each day no matter how bad it may be. I've learned so much from my dogs over the years and they give me so much love and ask for so little. We enjoy the outdoors and being together, so seeing Long Island from a walking perspective with them was a wonderful and rewarding experience. And to have raised some money for two very important organizations to me is a bonus."

The end' of the journey was commemorated with a Pet Celebration event in Montauk with pet vendors, music, food, raffles, prizes for best HOWL-o-ween costumes and more pet friendly activities.

The event raised around thousand dollars but donations for 'A Journey Four Paws' are still being received. Donations will be split between the Long Island Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and to Central Suffolk Paws a division of LI-Dog. Central Suffolk Paws is working with the Town of Brookhaven to build a dog park, and the money donated will go towards building one in the near future.

For more info about Irene's Journey visit:www.barkbubbleslilcom.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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