Take the dog for a jog

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By Special to the Monitor

Time is running out for early-bird registration for the 2008 Los Alamos Dog Jog, which will be held April 26. Early registrants can save $5 off of the $20 entry fee if the registration form and fee is received by Friday.

Each registered individual, whether actually participating in the event or not, will receive a Dog Jog T-shirt with a logo designed by White Rock fifth-grader Emily Orr and a packet filled with entertaining, and educational dog-related information; exceptions are entries paying only the $5 entry fee or free entries.

Dogs and their human companions will gather at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock by 7:50 a.m. April 26, to run the 5-kilometer course or walk the 2-mile course in the 11th annual Dog Jog. Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, walkers and dogs in all kinds of fun categories. Registration will be accepted as late as the morning of the race between 7-7:50 a.m. Participants registering the day of the race will receive their T-shirts after the race.

Post-race activities will include the awards ceremony and a drawing for numerous prizes, as well as booths for coffee and burritos, along with doggie charms and doggie crafts from top sponsor Pet Pangaea. There will also be a bake sale with goodies for both dogs and humans, so plan to stick around after the race for all the excitement.

If you don’t have a dog but would like a canine companion for the race, Rent-a-Dogs will be available. People who don’t want to get up early on a Saturday or don’t want to race are encouraged to register anyway to get the T-shirt and help a wonderful cause.

Coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, the Mountain Canine Corps and the Atomic City Roadrunners, the Dog Jog is an annual fundraising event for the Friends of the Shelter, a nonprofit Los Alamos humane organization that improves the lives of unwanted pets. Friends of the Shelter, whose goal is to have no homeless pets in the county by 2010, works closely with the county-run animal shelter, local veterinarians and other humane societies in a four-part program to encourage volunteers to participate at the shelter several times weekly to exercise, groom and socialize animals in the shelter to make them more adoptable; place animals in good homes; pay for needed items, spay/neuter operations, and medical services for the dogs, cats and other animals at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter; and provide public education about responsible pet ownership and care.

Anyone who would like to join in the Dog Jog fun can download entry forms and rules at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club website, www.ladoc.dogbits.com, or go to www.lafos.org/dogjog/. Forms are available at Los Alamos businesses, including Pet Pangaea and local veterinarians.

Forms can be mailed to Leslie Hansen 105 N. Monte Rey Drive, White Rock, 87544.