Doggie Dash: Portland Oregon’s Favorite Dog Event

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March 24, 2010
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Want to see a ton of dogs walk around Portland, Or in May? Want to watch some do some amazing tricks? Want to participate and raise money for a good cause? Then register and join or start a team for the 2010 Doggie Dash!

Doggie Dash is now in its 23rd year and has a goal of raising $250,000. The money goes to the Oregon Humane Society. This year the Oregon Humane Society is hoping to find 10,000 animals new, forever homes. It’s a huge event that takes place on the waterfront on the west side of the city.

People and their pets walk across the bridges to the east side and back in teams, as individuals, and spend a day with thousands of other animal lovers. They jog or walk and cover about 3 miles total. There is a shorter course for less active dogs that circles the waterfront and is about 1.5 miles long.

When is it?

This year’s Doggie Dash is May 15. Registration begins at 7:30am and breakfast starts at 8am. There will be demonstrations of pet agility such as Frisbee catching, doggie yoga, and doggie massage. There are also contests that you can enter your dog into such as best kisser, best silly trick, best singer, and strangest mutt mix.

There’s even a pancake breakfast for those who participate and music, vendors, and other food options will be open for the day. The event lasts till about 1pm.

Where is it?

Registration and the main demonstrations and activities all take place along Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Prepare to be surrounded by over 5,000 dogs and people and to be kissed by strangers, hopefully just random happy dogs and not random happy people…

How can you participate?

If you are a business you can register as a team and walk with co-workers, friends, and family as a team. You can also join a team that has already registered or walk as an individual.

To begin, visit the Oregon Humane Society’s Doggie Dash page and register for the event. If you’re registered as a team, begin trying to raise money by asking friends, family, co-workers, your boss, your twitter followers, and others to donate on behalf of your team. Don’t forget to recruit people for your team to walk as well.

What’s the best way to get to the event?

Parking and driving the morning of the event could be insane. The public transportation system will allow you to bring your dog onto their light rail till 2pm without the use of a pet carrier. How cool is that?! So don’t worry if you don’t have a car and if you do, save some gas money and take the rail to downtown.

Don’t believe that it’s as big an event as it sounds?

Check out these and images from 2008 and 2009′s Doggie Dash.

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