Strengthen your dog-to-dog support network and sign yourself and your pup up for the Oregon Humane Society's 2009 Doggie Dash on Saturday, May 9.
Neither you nor Poopsie has to be in top racing condition for the 1.5-mile course along Naito Parkway (cars will be blocked, of course). Waterfront Park will be transformed into a "barking lot" (their words, not mine!) for an estimated 5,000 people and dogs. Among the planned events include a pancake breakfast for all registered Dashers, a Frisbee clinic and contest by Greg Gustafson of Border Collies International, and free dog examinations by Banfield, the pet hospital. There will also be live music and a vendor village.
The goal of the race is to raise $245,000 for animal care at Oregon Humane Society, already one of the best shelters in the country. Your $25 registration fee goes directly towards animal care, as do any donations or pledges that you might feel like raising in the meantime.
For more information and online registration, check out the Doggie Dash home page here
Photo courtesy of the Oregon Humane Society.