Dogs and humans to take to the streets Saturday

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By The Staff

On Saturday, a race will be held but this is no typical competition.

Onlookers should expect to see more than just humans hoofing it down the road. Their dogs will accompany them.  

During the annual Dog Jog event, Dogs and their human companions will gather at Chamisa Elementary School to run the 3.1-mile course or walk the 2-mile course.

Race check-in and T-shirt and informational packet pick-up time will be from 8-8:40 a.m. Saturday at Chamisa Elementary School. Entries are encouraged even without a dog.

Entry fees per family are $20 per adult or child 12 years old or older, $5 for each first and second child age 11 years old or younger and additional children age 11 and younger are free.

Adult-sized T-shirts are not available with a $5 or a free registration.

Every registered individual will receive an event T-shirt with a logo designed by Barranca Elementary School fourth-grader Amber Cline and a packet filled with entertaining and educational dog related information.

Prizes will be given to first through third place winners for female and male runners with dogs in the 3.1-mile competitive run. Other awards and prizes will be given at the finish line for dogs older than age 10 year, etc.

All dogs must be on a 6-foot long or shorter leash at all times. Dog owners are encouraged to not feed their dog for 90 minutes before or after the Dog Jog to help prevent bloat, which is the twisting of the stomach, a potentially fatal problem.

Also, no bicycles, roller blades or skateboards are allowed because many dogs react unpredictably around these methods of transportation. Wheelchairs and baby strollers are welcome. An adult must accompany children younger than the age of 13, although the adult does not have to register.

Coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, the Mountain Canine Corps, and the Atomic City Roadrunners, the Dog Jog is the major yearly fund-raising event for the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter, a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers who help care for the animals at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

The funds raised by the Dog Jog help purchase needed items and vet services for the dogs, cats and other animals at the shelter.

 If individuals don’t have a dog and would like to have one for the race, dog rentals will be available; to reserve a Rent-a-Dog, call 662-2773 to be sure there are enough dogs there for the race.

 The celebration will continue with post-race activities including food and vendors, including top sponsor Pet Pangaea. There will also be a variety of doggie games, so stick around after the race. Call 672-2089 with any questions.