Doggie Dash 2011: Portland, Oregon

Hey Portlanders! What are you doing on May 14? If you have no plans, make some and come down to the Tom McCall Waterfront to participate in Doggie Dash 2011. All the money raised goes to the Oregon Humane Society (OHS).

Doggie Dash is now in its 24th year and was voted the #1 pet event by Spot Magazine. Last year over 6,000 people and their pets walked, ran, and attended the event helping to raise over $230,000. This year the goal is to raise $325,000 and as of today OHS is at 42%. You can register online or register in person on the 14th starting at 7:30am.

There are two courses for dogs and their owners to participate in, a 1.5 mile walk or the 2.5 bridge to bridge walk and run. The shorter walk is great for older dogs, smaller dogs, and for those of us who aren’t sure if our dogs are ready for the longer walk. The longer walk and run will start on the west side of the city, over the Hawthorne Bridge, along the east side, and then back over Steel Bridge and return to Tom McCall Waterfront. This walk will give you some great views of the city.

Aside from the walk, there will be vendors such as doggie daycares, veterinarians, pet product companies, and lots of free treats, toys, and information for you and your dog. Contests such as Silly Pet Tricks, Best Dressed, and So Ugly I’m Cute as well as demos will be taking place throughout the day till 1pm. If you arrive early, there’s a free breakfast for those registered sponsored by Fred Meyers.

All dogs entered must be licensed, up to date with vaccines, and on leashes that are not extendable. You don’t want your leash to get tangled with another dog lover or wrapped around another dog during the walk. All dogs participating need to be ok with being around a large number of other people and dogs and be over 6 months of age to protect from picking up viruses or germs from other dogs.

If you have signed up or are thinking of participating, you may want to take public transportation. Till 2pm on the 14th, dogs will be allowed on the Trimet trains as long as they are leashed at all times.

The Doggie Dash event will end at 1pm and starts at 7:30am with registration and breakfast. The walks begin at 9am. It will be a big day full of fun, fur, and fellow dog lovers.

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