Canines often have to cool their four heels while their people go and play at charity events that help animals in need, but Saturday, Sept. 8, they can get out and jog with their two-footed friends while helping raise funds for their own species.
The third-annual Doggie Dash will welcome humans and dogs to Eagle Island State Park for a 5K fun run. The event is presented by Run Fido Run, a nonprofit organization that holds fund-raising events for local animal welfare organizations.
According to the event's website, approximately $4,000 was raised last year and donated to organizations including 2nd Chance Animal Shelter, Meridian Valley Humane Society, MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter and Idaho Black Bear Rehab.
Participants can bring their families (including their pet) to the park for a sort of four-legged race. Running with a canine is optional and all dogs must remain leashed at all times. It's suggested that aggressive dogs, those younger than 6 months and female dogs not participate. And don't forget bags for "goodies."
Registration can be done online through Thursday, Sept. 6, at the packet pick-up Saturday, Sept. 7, at Shu's Idaho Running Company or at the park from 9-9:45 a.m. on race day.
A veritable ton of prizes will be raffled off as well, including tickets to Idaho Steelheads games, Roaring Springs and The Flicks, Bogus Basin lift passes, pet goodies and oh so much more. Preview the carefully wrapped gift baskets at the website.