PAWS Halloween Benefit Walk

Last weekend I dusted off my walking shoes and put on one of my costumes and hit the pavement. I was among many other humans and K9s walking to help raise money for Provide Animals With Shelter (PAWS). PAWS funds care and shelter to stray/surrendered animals in a rural area of South Central Minnesota until adoption. Every October, PAWS host a fundraising Halloween Trick or Treat walk and I wasn’t about to miss it.

While my mom was signing us up, I decided to test out the kissing booth. Unfortunately, I had no takers for a smooch on the cheek.

What would a trick or treat walk be without some yummy treats? Our first stop brought us to a local cafe where they made us pups some great treats!

Along the way we walked through some colorful falling leaves.

This was my favorite table, how am I suppose to only choose two squeaky toys. I finally did decide and away we headed to our next stop. There were a total of 8 or 9 tables all having great stuff to choose from for both humans and dogs. 

Here is a college of pictures from the walk. I especially like the photo on the bottom right that says “HI” on the sidewalk.

After the walk was over we all headed back to the park where we enjoyed music, fellowship, and our humans received complementary hot dogs. Finally it was time for the costume contest to start. There were so many great costumes that day. When we heard I was the winner I couldn’t believe my ears. 

I may have won the contest but the real winners are the animals at the shelter. And the real heroes don’t wear capes, instead, they are all those who help these animals in need day in and day out.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and a safe Halloween!

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Bark For Life Walk

This past weekend I participated in the American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life here is Southern Minnesota. This was the first time I have ever heard of this event and was eager to attend.

So, Saturday morning my mom, aunt, and myself all packed up in our car a drove to the location. The weather was perfect for a morning hike at one of the local parks.

We arrived and first thing we did was registered. For donating, I received this purple Bark For Life bandana. After introducing ourselves I got the pleasure to meet some royalty. One of the special guest at the event was Miss Mankato herself. At first I was bashful to ask for a picture, but she was more then happy to get her picture with me. She was such a nice, sweet gal. 

Before I knew it we were off. The walk was a little over a mile long and along the way they had these signs with motivating statements on them. One of the signs said, “Official Sponsor of Birthdays.” 

The walk started off going up a steep hill, which then lead into the woods. Throughout the walk I noticed horse tracks along with active squirrels. If I wasn’t on a mission I would have chased a couple of them.

My favorite sign that I saw was, “Be active for at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week!”
Before I knew it we were crossing the finish line with the other K9 and their owners. It was fun to see dog and humans coming together for such a great cause!

We headed under the shelter and mingled with others. We got talking with two ladies from the Minnesota Valley Pet Hospital. They were very nice and answered some questions my mom had.

Once the event was over, we headed home to check out the cool swag bag I got. Who doesn’t love fun stuff!

I had so much fun I can’t wait to attend next year! If you ever have the opportunity to attend a Bark For Life event I highly recommend it. For now I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Have you ever done a fundraising walk with your dog?

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Mischief Monday: Walking for a Cause

What a wonderful weekend. Not only was the weather beautiful, but I got to walk for a great cause in my Underdog costume.

PAWS, Providing Animals with Shelter, held their annual Trick or Treat fundraising walk. This is my second year attending and once away I had a blast meeting other K9s, getting some amazing prizes and I even took home 3rd place in the costume contest.

Afterwards we went to get our pumpkins! Can’t wait to share those pictures. Until then, have a wonderful Monday! 

Fit Friday: Fly Ball and Lure Course

In the last two weeks I have learned about two different sports for dogs, flyball and lure coursing. I have never seen or heard about these events before, but I have now witnessed flyball and was able to try out lure coursing myself.

The first one is Flyball. Here is the definition according to Wikipedia: Flyball is a dog spot in which teams of dogs race against each other from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring-loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball. Check out this video from the event we watched at the Renaissance Festival:
This past weekend at the Ragom fund raising event they had a lure course for us to try out. And of course I was going to try it.

Lure coursing is a sport for dog that involves chasing a mechanically operated lure around a set course. That day to the grass was long, which made it hard to see. After I got the swing of things I had a blast. Check out this video of my trying out lure coursing.
These two sporting events definitely would help keep us K9s in tip top shape. I would encourage everyone to try either event out. Fly ball does take some practice but lure coursing takes little to no practice.

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Mischief Monday: GOLDZILLA

Imagine going to a fundraising event for an organization that rescues Golden Retrievers and Golden Mixes. What would you expect to see? That’s right, lots and lots of golden fur that have been saved through the years! 

As most of you know Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota or RAGOM is the rescue organization that rescued my mom from a puppy mill and when she was placed in foster care they found out she was pregnant with my 8 litter mats and myself.

As the county’s number 1 Golden Retriever rescue group, RAGOM  has rescued and re-homed over 6,000 Golden Retrievers and Golden Mixes. This organizations is based in Minnesota, but they have rescued dogs in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and more. 

I was so excited to attend this event with my pal, Carlie, another RAGOM rescue and my grandparents sweet puppy. More on this event this week!
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