|A day that went to the dogs|
|June 29, 2012 Elizabeth Gross|
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/ Gering Citizen Thatcher Thomalla and Dinner the Dog get acquainted on Saturday. The loveable Chihuahua was a hit among the kids at Pioneer Park.
The Panhandle Humane Society held its 9th annual Dog Jog at Pioneer Park on Saturday. Whether they had two legs or four, many turned out for the annual fundraising event.
Despite the triple digit temperatures on Saturday, this year’s Dog Jog had a good turnout. Racers could do the 3k or 1k around Pioneer Park and Bluffs Middle School. “It has been a fun filled dog morning,” said Panhandle Humane Society Operations Director Heidi Anderson.
This year’s Dog Jog was unique as the Panhandle Humane Society teamed up with the Scottsbluff Kennel Club. After the morning jog, pet owners could put their four-legged friends to the test in the Kennel Club’s agility course. The course was set up similar to that of a dog show and allowed owners to walk alongside their dog as they tried the different challenges.
Another fun event was the ‘Good Citizen Contest.’ Dogs and their owners went to different stations to test dog manners. It was more than just the simple sit and stay, other social skills were tested too, such as what to do when meeting unfamiliar dogs and people. If the dog could demonstrate the skills, they earned a ribbon and a certificate.
It was certainly a day for the dogs. All proceeds from the Dog Jog went directly to the Panhandle Humane Society to aid them in their service to animals in the Valley.
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