So, I’m a cat person. I love cats. I do get a twinge of jealousy, however, when I see dogs running with their keepers … I wish I had a running buddy. Nonetheless, this lover of cats is a huge advocate for the Oregon Human Society (OHS) and the incredible work OHS does. I even adopted one of my precious cats from OHS nearly 10 years ago (she’s as fat and sassy as ever, too!).
Annually (this is the 28th year), OHS holds the “Doggie Dash” series of events at Portland’s beautiful Tom McCall Waterfront Park. For the 2015 event, OHS has set a goal to raise $550,000 – let’s help them reach that goal! This year, you may choose from the 1.5 mile walk “Doggie Dash Classic” or the 2.5 mile walk-or-run “Bridge to Bridge” event. Neither of the events are timed, and you do not have to have a dog to participate — cat people are invited, too! The “Bridge to Bridge” run/walk will take participates (and their dogs!) over the Hawthorne and Steel Bridges. Of course, your four-legged friends are welcome to attend. Both courses will be free of cars. You’ll be treated to a pancake breakfast and mimosas after your event. Additionally, there will be a series of vendor booths set-up with demonstration areas, clinics, and other exciting and (FREE!) activities for you, your family, and your pooch to join in on.
Besides the fact that all registration monies go toward the amazing work performed at OHS, this year there is a fantastic event called the Biscuit Challenge. This is really neat; you challenge your friends to donate to Doggie Dash and give them 72 hours to make the donation. If they don’t, they must post a video of themselves eating a dog biscuit. I mean, come on … challenge me, I don’t want to eat dog biscuits!
And don’t forget about the awesome team-aspect of events like the Doggie Dash. Have a group of co-workers, or family members, that you want to have form a team to participate in the Doggie Dash? No problem! There is no minimum or maximum amount of participants you can have on a team; 100% of all proceeds donated to the team go to OHS, and, for those competitive like me, there will “Be a Top Team” and team awards/prizes presented.
This non-competitive fundraising event for the Oregon Human Society is definitely one for the entire family and all your friends (both four-legged and otherwise!) to participate in. It’ll be a fun, healthy way to spend the day, you’ll be helping the animals in our community (which is very, very near and dear to my heart).
Get registered either individually, or as a team, now! I wish I could be there to see you all and your delightful doggie companions! And, if you have never participate in the Doggie Dash before, check out some pictures from previous events – it really looks so much fun, even for this “cat person!”
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Distance: Doggie Dash Classic (1.5 mile walk) and the Bridge to Bridge (2.5 mile run/walk)
Start Time: 9 a.m.
Cost: $30 in advance, or $35 for same day registration
Register: Click here to register