CURLY Pickering is one lucky dog.
He was rescued from the RSPCA refuge by keen animal-lover Errol Pickering.
"Curly had been abandoned. They found him on the streets, covered in lice," his owner said.
"Now he's tubby and slightly naughty.
"He's half a pug and half a beagle, so we call him a 'puggle'."
After that rough start to life, Curly now enjoys a fine home at Robina and a chance to meet all his doggy friends at the annual Million Paws Walk.
Errol, 78, has been involved with the walk for 20 years.
"For a while, I used to organise the walk. All those years, it's only rained once," Errol said.
"Last year we had more than 1000 dogs."
Nearly 2000 RSPCA supporters are expected to pack the Broadwater Parklands at Southport on Sunday, May 15.
"I love the atmosphere. People who own dogs are the nicest people," Errol said.
The Million Paws Walk continues to be one of RSPCA Queensland's most popular outdoor fundraisers for animal-lovers.
The Gold Coast event takes place at The Great Lawn, within the Broadwater Parklands on Marine Parade, Southport.
Registration is from 8.30am, with the walk starting at 10.30am.
Walkers can choose to cover 1.5km or 3km.