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Hospitality greets man, dog walking for children’s mental health in Springdale

Bret Mavriik and his dog Nymeria arrived in Springdale last week. They met with local people such as Springdale Public Librarian Judy Hamilton, left, and local Kay Norman.
Bret Mavriik and his dog Nymeria arrived in Springdale last week. They met with local people such as Springdale Public Librarian Judy Hamilton, left, and local Kay Norman.

SPRINGDALE, NL — Bret Mavriik paused cross-country journey for children’s mental health awareness to  stay longer in Springdale than expected, but he has no complaints about the hospitality.   

Mavriik and his husky Nymeria left Toronto Sept. 28, 2015, on what he called a seven million step journey. He completed the trip to Whistler, B.C., celebrating by planning to finish the rest of the country this year.
Last month, Mavriik and Nymeria arrived in Newfoundland and Labrador and by last week they  had managed to reach Springdale -  nursing some blisters that were as nasty as the winter storms in spring that plagued his recent travels across the province.
Mavriik is prepared for cold nights in his makeshift shelter, but — mostly due to his large social media following — he is often offered alternative accommodations in the highway communities he stops in.  

Judy Hamilton of Springdale feeds Nymeria some treats.

The Pelley Inn in Springdale was such a destination. The hotel owners made sure the pair were comfortable for a night, while others in the area chipped in to make sure his second night was as warm and cozy. Mavriik was treated by the locals to at least one hearty meal at a restaurant, while others came forth with Tim Hortons cards and the likes.
It has been a similar response since arriving on the island, he said.
“People see what you are doing, and there are just a lot of really good people out here and they do what they can to help out,” Mavriik said Tuesday morning as he prepared to leave Badger.
“I am not one that goes out of my way to ask for anything. I have put myself out here, and if I am in the ditch, I am ready for it. But, trust me, it is pretty damn awesome when strangers come out and make sure you are doing OK.”
As for those blisters, the rest helped and somebody donated a new pair of footwear. So, Mavriik is hoping his walk is more comfortable for the rest of the way.
Mavriik expects to get to Grand Falls-Windsor by Tuesday, where he plans to stay at least a couple of days to meet up with  more of his followers.

Follow along on Mavriik's Facebook page and on Twitter.  

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