Doggie Dash: Portland Oregon’s Favorite Dog Event

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.

Upcoming Dog Events in Florida

Florida, the Sunshine State, is full of fun dog activities in the next few weeks. Head on down!

Yappy Hour

September 10

Orlando, FL

Yappy Hour will occur at the Woof Gang Bakery, from 6 to 9 PM. Specials include 20% off many cat and dog treats (packaged or made by the store), as well as 20% off Unnecessary Essentials collars and leashes. For those who don’t want to shop, there will be free drinks and refreshments for dogs and humans. It is a cute, pink boutique with much selection.

Dog Daze

September 12

Fort Walton Beach, FL

dachshund-raceThis is a popular daytime event, held from 9 AM-4 PM, that is working in part with the AKC Responsible Pet Ownership program. There will be music, pet readings, dog demonstrations, games and contests. They will hold Dachshund races, which are highly entertaining! You can also put your dog into the Doggy Fun Zone. You can get your pet microchipped here. There will be many vendors, and you will be given goody bags and clean-up bags

AKC Responsible Dog Owner’s Day

September 12

Clearwater, FL

This is a community event, with no admission, and takes place from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. It will show 50 breed rescue dogs, obedience training, races, Paws for Patriots, and guide dogs.

Paws for Life Bowling Day

September 20

St Petersburg, Florida

Bowlers and dog lovers unite! Ten Pins Lanes is hosting a benefit Paws for Life and the FGPC Rescue Fund. It is $25/person, and lasts from 11 AM to 4 PM. Along with bowling, there will be auctions, raffles, lunch and dessert. The money goes to medical care, food and shelter for animals in shelters.

Riverwalk Mutts and Martinis Yappy Hour

September 25

Fort Lauderdale, FL

This event will take place 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, and is the largest, most pet-friendly happy hour yet in Fort Lauderdale! It costs $15 if you prepay, or $20 at the door. Admission includes two drinks, appetizers, live music, live radio broadcasts and raffles for prizes like dog massages! It is meant to bring the community and pet lovers together, and enjoy the beauty of the city. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society.

Orange Lake Dog Picnic

September 27

New Port Richley, FL

Doggie Cakes, a dog bakery and boutique, will host this third annual event at Orange Lake Park. Registration is $5, $3 per extra person. There will be vendors and raffles.