On Oct. 1 several thousand Boiseans, along with their faithful four-legged companions, gathered in Julia Davis Park for the annual See Spot Walk. The event began in the morning, with folks meandering around the park showing off their canine friends, checking out vendor booths, and enjoying each other's company. There was no shortage in variety of dog. There were great danes, mastiffs, German shepherds, golden retrievers, pugs; there were dogs in tutus, dogs in hot dog costumes, dogs with dread locks, and in those doggy tuxedos.
After the opening festivities, the dog owners lined up and marched in a giant circle around Julia Davis Park. This canine parade was approximately a one-mile journey and was the main event of the day. People and dogs spread out across the park, cheerfully gallivanting from one end to the other.
The Idaho Humane Society organized See Spot Walk, and the proceeds benefit the society in their quest to service the community’s animal population. Local Anna Rydman, owner of two dogs, said, “I’m here to support a good cause. I have a whole family of Japanese Chins and we thought it’d be fun to come down and do this together.”
Another community member and owner of two dogs, Kacey Martinez, said of the event: “This is our first walk, and it’s been a lot of fun. We got a team of dogs together called ‘rock dogs.’ We’re also researching the use of animal excrement in green fertilizer.”