The weather in December is never a sure thing. Participants have walked in sunshine and temperatures in the 50s as well as in several inches of snow, with a crust of ice. Either way, lots of bells provide a lovely holiday atmosphere.

Jingle Bell Walk

A snowy stroll through Waterloo

Back in 2007, two citizens, concerned the public might forget that, even during the Christmas season, there were pets in need of help, search for an event that would highlight the bond between people and their dogs. They decided that what was needed was a Jingle Bell Walk, to be held in Waterloo, at the start of the winter holiday season.

The walk started at the bandshell in front of the County Courthouse. 44 human participants and 51 canine contenders strolled thru the not-so-frosty air in downtown Waterloo, to return to the bandshell for contests and a raffle. Prizes were given for walking times as well as for such specialties as Theme Costume, Holiday Costume, Owner/Dog Look Alike. There was a trick contest and a kissing contest. Just under $1000 was raised for the dogs and cats of Helping Strays.

The Jingle Bell Walk has sinced moved down 3rd Street to Waterloo Feed and Pet Supply. There is still a walk in the brisk winter air, as well as various contests. Past events have included a silent auction for holiday themed delights and pictures with Santa.

Keep an eye out-the Jingle Bell Walk is held rain or snow, warm or cold. Plan your costume now, practice your tricks, and remind your dog to be nice, cause Santa will know.