We didn't really know what we were getting ourselves into, other than we were excited to be outside, walking around the 2.5 mile track. It was a gorgeous 65-degree day, with just the right amount of sunshine.
[caption id="attachment_291" align="alignleft" width="300"] Here's Cougar and I on the famous track. She got a little camera shy.[/caption]
This event was huge! There was thousands of dogs. I even saw someone pulling a wagon with a cat in a crate, and other people carrying their dogs around the track! These people are serious about their pets. Don't get me wrong, I love Cougar, but I don't think I could ever be that person. Possibly because she weighs nearly 50 pounds now...
We did a lot of dog and people watching. Think airport people watching that is pet friendly. Highly enjoyable! We did some "window shopping" as well. I think Kiki needs a dog so Cougar has a playmate ... perhaps a Westie? Jim is not nearly as excited about our plans ... Shucks.
[caption id="attachment_292" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Cougar had to give Kiki doggie kisses![/caption]
The walk itself was really nice. You could go as fast or as slow as you wanted. They even had wading pools and community water bowls for the dogs to cool off. Throughout the track they had veterinarians on site to care for anything the animals needed, including wrapping their paws if they got cut on the rough asphalt. It took us about an hour and a half to get all the way around ... mostly because Cougar is such a ham and had to visit with each person we met!
One lady even called Cougar "The cutest dog of the whole event!" We agree!
Watch this informational video from the people who put on the event. I was happy to hear in the video that the money raised all goes to the Humane Society's efforts to care for over 3,000 animals/year. Listen at the end, where the coordinator of the event says that they don't receive any funding from national sources like HSUS or ASPCA.
[caption id="attachment_288" align="alignright" width="300"] Cougar was worn out from the day's events![/caption]
Without getting too political, this means a lot to me - I am well aware of all the hoodwinking the HSUS does. But, I was happy to make a donation directly to the Indianapolis Humane Society. I know how expensive it is to care for a pet, and they are doing great things for their community.
How have you given back lately?