It’s that time of the year, where many dog walking events are happening to benefit rescue organization. Why join a dog walking event?
1) You and your dog are Walking For a Good Cause.
2) It’s FUN …
a) fitness/workout for the day.
b) socializing with other dog breeds and dog owners
c) getting educated about rescue organization and dog’s health/product information
d) practicing basic commands and re-learning old commands
Last Saturday, we participated in the 19th 5k Bark in the Park benefiting the Anti-Cruelty. Since 1899, The Anti-Cruelty Society has been committed to caring for animals and educating the community. The facility has an open door policy (they will not turn away any animal in need) and it’s open 7 days a week. We’re glad to partake and help in their fundraising event.
We arrived at the venue very early (to avoid traffic and to get a good parking space). We walked for about a mile around the park/beach and had a chance to see the morning sun shining over the lakefront.
Arriving early, also provided us an opportunity to visit uncrowded sponsor/vendor booths.
I was particular attracted to one of the vendor who got a truck.
WHY? Check it out …
A Tasty Treat truck! How cool is that. Love what it says on the back of the truck.
One of the owner of the Tasty Truck is an advocate of dog health and fitness. He had FitPaws Peanut ball on the lawn by the truck. FitPaws ball is a peanut-shaped stability ball designed for canine fitness and core conditioning. The FitPaws Peanut Ball is used for core conditioning of sporting and working dogs as well as for animal rehabilitation and therapy. The unique peanut shape limits its movement to front/back or side/side, which is important for a dog like me new to this type of equipment. You can also adjust the balance challenge by under-inflating so the ball is not as firm. I got to try it … and the ball was very firm.
Cool! I did it … no issues at all getting on the ball. Good thing I was wearing a harness (short leash) for easy assistance on the peanut ball. I was able to stand for seconds. We also learned that a dog can get a full body workout using FitPaws Peanut ball. Interesting!
We got more time to spare before the 5k walk starts. We headed to the free agility field.
Oh! I used to do agility .. a good test if I still remember some of the equipments and commands. Did I …
Of course … my peeps were surprised and the trainer too. I had lots of cheers and claps from the volunteers who were watching on the side. I was too excited and I went on the agility course many times. Mom had to bribe me with a tasty treat to stop.
Finally, we were at the starting line.
But everyone was asked to stretch … yes all the dogs need to stretch too.
We were guided on how to stretch. 3 Steps to Stretch Your Dog Before a Walk?
1) Stretch front paws then the back paws.
2) Ask your dog to go up or hold front 2 paws enabling a stretch too on the back.
3) Give your dog a smooch.
As we walked, we enjoyed the cool breeze and lovely scenery of the lakefront beach. One thing we did not like were dog owners who used flexi leash and did not know how to control how far to let their dog go. I am not fond of other dogs sniffing my butt as I walk. We wish and for safety reasons that flex leash should not be allowed on walking events.
There were many water bowls available for all doggies. As I blogged before, I have issues of drinking water other than water that came from my house. I sniffed every water bowl available and did not drink. Lucky mom brought some water from home.
I ended the fundraising walking event by having a delish snack of bananas, which were provided free for all the attendees. Lastly, could not help to get a Tattoo For a Good Cause. Mom selected a Red Heart tattoo which represents Golden Love. It was applied with a heart stencil and water-based paint. The ladies who applied were very sweet. I was a bit ticklish …
All in all, I had lots of Golden Excitement joining the 19th 5k Bark In Park benefiting the Anti-Cruelty Society. PAWsome event and organization to support.
I invite you to check your area’s rescue organizations for dog walking events. Also, check other organizations for walking events like MS 5k Walk (we attended last Sunday) that was dog-friendly. Yes, I did two 5k walks last weekend.
I definitely had a PAWsome Golden FUN For A Good Cause.
I am joining FitDog Friday Hop,
hosted by SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love.
Lots of Golden L♥VE n Woofs