I’m a little bit behind on my review of previous events, but the twelfth of November was a big day in Atlanta for pet lovers. I was lucky enough to attend two major events for pets, including the Dog Dash 5K, a relatively new 5K run that went to benefit Atlanta Pet Rescue (the shelter with which I volunteer) and the Atlanta Pet Expo, one of the huge Global Pet Expos that appear in cities around the country. Each had it’s own brand of fun for pets and their parents. Here’s our recap of the 5K, with the Atlanta Pet Expo recap to follow tomorrow.
I promised you coverage of my volunteering adventures with Atlanta Pet Rescue (APR), and due to communication and scheduling, the Dog Dash 5K was my first real chance to volunteer with the shelter. I was there with another volunteer, and our handsome companion, Vinny. He’s kind of a big deal.
In addition to this little cutey, there were plenty of other dogs, including lesser known breeds (we can relate…many people don’t know about White German Shepherds, and think that Arie is just a big, awkward husky). One man, who was the only one in the 60+ age bracket (way ta go! I hope to be running like that when I’m 60) came with his Tomaskan, Akeela.
The Dog Dash 5K, is, after all, a 5K, and many people turned out to run with their pets. There were dogs of every shape, breed, and size ready to go with their owners on the chilly November morning when it came time to start the race.
The runners and the dogs ran a nice 5K route around the Historic Fourth Ward Park, a beautiful spot in the city. They came back in at different intervals, but all of the racers performed well and made great time. Afterwards, they were greeted by vendors, water, bananas, and awards.
The Dog Dash 5K was an amazing event, and reminded me of how I want to get more into running, and to start running with Arie. Her strong shepherd gate and activity level are great for running, though we will have to watch her hips as we work on trimming mine down!
If you would like to help the Atlanta Pet Rescue like the Dog Dash 5K, you can purchase one of their calendars for $10. It’s a great way to help the shelter and gives you adorable photos year round. If you’re in the Atlanta area and thinking about adopting a pet, be sure to see their lovable and adoptable animals here.
Do you run with your dog? What are your tips for running with a dog for beginners?