On Saturday we attended Portland's largest dog event of the year! Doggie Dash! It's a "race" type of an event where the proceeds go towards helping homeless animals. It's either walk or run and it's not timed. Both of the girls were super excited and definitely ready to participate. If you haven't already, check out our Doggie Dash Throwback post for more pictures of the girls at past Doggie Dash events.
|Photo Credit: Waz-Mix Pix|
|Zoe & Phoenix pose for the puparazzi!|
|Phoenix with her alumni bandana!|
Both girls came from the Oregon Humane Society so they wanted to stop by the OHS tent and pick up their alumni bandanas!
|Zoe's favorite part was how everyone was handing her cookies!|
|Zoe poses with Dr. Nell for a photo!|
Zoe got into some mischief at Doggie Dash! She was not shy about getting her treats from all the vendors and at the Lombard tent, she mistakenly thought that Dr. Nell was cuing her to get up on the table. She surprised the heck out of the vet when she hopped up there and my husband told her that she accidentally cued her up there. It was pretty funny and of course they had to get their photos taken! Zoe does a lot of parkour type work so she absolutely thought she was being told to jump up. She's never done this at home before, never counter surfed and never gotten onto the table. My husband thought it was great and was so proud of her. What can I say? We love our "naughty" dog!
|Photo Credit: Waz-Mix Pix|
Zoe was okay and that's all that matters but it's sad that people would bring dogs that were not okay to be there. We had 3 incidents of dogs being aggressive towards us and they were all little dogs. I also saw little dogs going after other people's dogs as well. I did contact OHS and complained. I asked them if they would stress the importance of only bringing dogs that will do okay with other dogs for the next event and I hope they listen.
While we were waiting for the start, I took some photos of the dogs around us and I will post them below.
|This Dalmatian was super sweet!|
|Phoenix waits politely for the Dash to start.|
|Phoenix is happy to have a water break.|
At about the half way point we stopped for a water break. The girls were pretty happy about that and we saw so many more cute dogs.
These basset hounds and their mix breed friend were riding around the event in style!
After the Dash, we took a break and some time out for cuddles!
...and more treats!
So that was our mostly fun day on Saturday. I will say I was pretty disappointed about all the issues we had with other people and their aggressive dogs. I honestly feel for people who have reactive dogs (since I've dealt with it in the past with Phoenix) but this kind of event is not the right place for them! I would not have brought Phoenix if I didn't think she could handle it and be totally okay and safe to be around other dogs. I felt really bad for those dogs who were forced to be there and so terrified that they felt like they had to lash out at other dogs and I honestly wish their owners had left them at home. You can still go to these events and have fun without bringing a dog who will do poorly there.
We did have a lot of fun, though despite those issues and we got a ton of samples. Phoenix did really good. She had a couple of moments of being nervous but she was really well behaved. Phee even let the OHS worker put her alumni bandana on her. Zoe really enjoyed mugging all the vendors for their treats!
If you want to see some really amazing photos from the event check out Waz-Mix Pix on facebook. He is a very talented photographer.
Happy Monday Mischief, everyone!