Rockland Local and Dog Begin 2,180-mile Hike (VIDEO)

They will be writing blogs and uploading photos and videos from the road so check back with Patch for updates about their journey.


On Wednesday, May 30, Christine Baker and her dog Jessie started the 2,180-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail, which over the next six months she hopes to help inspire those around her.

"Jesse is a 4-year-old purebred retriever," Baker said. "Jesse is walking to raise awareness for five Labrador Retriever rescues. Every year, 3-4 million animals are euthanized and 1-2 million are purebreds like Jesse."

Baker is the founder of Walk4Good and president of CB Creative, Inc., an integrated communications consulting firm in Nyack. 

"I recently launched Walk4Good, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to practice kindness," said Baker. "Our organization is busy preparing for our inaugural event—I will be hiking the Appalachian Trail with Jessie, my dog, (all 2,180 miles from Maine to Georgia) in order to get people moving for Kindness." 

Walk4Good has visited many local elementary, middle and high schools as well as colleges and universities in the area in an attempt to mobilize people to dedicate a mile in order to spread kindness. So far, they have received 1,000 dedications. Dedications are free and if you want to dedicate a mile in honor of a loved one, just go to the website for more information. 

They will be writing blogs and uploading photos and videos from the road so check back with Patch for updates about their journey. 

You can still help them while they are on the trail:

Walk4Good's Mission

Walk4Good is a growing community of kindness-driven individuals from all walks of life whose primary mission is to inspire and empower people to practice kindness and to pass acts of kindness onto others. We envision a world where we are all a little more engaged in our local communities and personally deliberate in our willingness and intent to help those around us.

"Changing the World One Step at a Time." 

Joan S. Dentler May 31, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Thanks Kim....what an awesome story. As a West Coast hiker whose Lab is my constant companion, I look forward to keeping up with Christine and Jessie's journey on the AT, and I'm making my dedication now. Good luck and be safe.
EDelargy May 31, 2012 at 09:46 PM
NIce story, but has she thought this through? That's a lot of daily walking, and wear and tear on the dog's paws, and Retrievers tend to have hip problems as they age.


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