One of the raffle prizes―Orion the Cat. Courtesy photo
DOG JOG News:
The 20th annual Los Alamos Dog Jog is coming up soon and we have lots of exciting prizes and activities for all participants, human and canine.
All proceeds go to benefit Friends of the Shelter and support our programs to provide low cost spay/neuter options and to make veterinary care accessible for seriously ill or injured dogs and cats.
The Dog Jog’s major sponsors are Los Alamos National Bank, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Ameriprise – Jeremy Campbell, and Pet Pangaea. Our other top sponsors include Blue Window Bistro, Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, and Lou Santoro – State Farm Insurance. We would also like to thank New Mexico Bank and Trust and the Los Alamos Medical Center for their donations.
The Dog Jog registration is 8 a.m. Saturday, April 29 at Rover Park. Pick up a packet if pre-registered or register right before the race. The run and walk start at 9 a.m., followed at 10:15 a.m. by the prize ceremony. Special supporters will be introduced at the ceremony including Adrianna Wallin who designed this year’s t-shirt logo, and Adrian Ortiz, Jackson Boone and Stephen Boone, the three young men who have demonstrated their compassion and commitment to animals by organizing two very successful Power of Pets fundraisers this year to benefit Friends of the Shelter. About 220 participants are expected tis year so come and join the fun!
We will have three vendors this year, with lots of exciting products and services. Pet Pangaea, our top sponsor, will have a booth where you can learn about pet nutrition, see all the newest toys and treats, and purchase or order goodies for your cat, dog, horse, bunny or other pet.
Los Alamos Pet Hotel & Daycare will have a booth where you can learn about their excellent boarding facilities for cats and dogs, daycare fun for your pooch, and individualized dog training at their onsite training area offered by Amanda Robertson of Ready! Set! Sit! Dog Training. And both humans and canines will appreciate the snacks and beverages that will be offered by at the Los Alamos Coop Market booth. The Coop will also be raffling off several bags of dog food, so you can try something organic and tasty for your pet.
Another special feature this year will be a raffle for a personalized pet portrait of your dog or cat painted by local artist Lara Sandling-Bennett. The beautiful portraits are acrylic on canvas and they are suitable for hanging framed or unframed. The winner will receive a 11x14 portrait of the animal of their choosing. Raffle tickets are free and every participant is welcome to enter the raffle.
And don’t forget the prizes! We offer prizes for the fastest finishers on the 5K course, and random finishers on the 2K walk where speed is not required. All canine participants will get to choose a toy or treat at the finish, and every senior dog will receive some tasty and healthy treats courtesy of Zuke’s. Every shelter dog that participates will receive a fancy bandanna to show how special they are. We also have our popular category prizes where our judges award prizes for cutest wag, perkiest ears, and anything else that catches their fancy.
And lots of prizes for kids who participate with their poochies! Prizes are provided by Pet Pangaea, the Running Hub, the Los Alamos Coop Market, L. A. Fitness, and Papa Murphy’s Pizza. We have special prize for the most pampered pet – a picnic basket specially designed by Yours Truly, Diana’s for you and your best friend to enjoy together. And, as always, the oldest dog to participate will get a very special prize – we love the senior dogs!
So come out and join the fun at the biggest pet event in Los Alamos and help us celebrate 20 years of helping animals!