Almost 10 years ago, I walked into a Humane Society and walked out with one of the great loves of my life. My dog, Zed, has been with me through all sorts of ups and downs. There’s almost nothing that isn’t made better when I have my pup by my side.
Except bath time. He hates bath time with a passion, but he also loves to play in dirt, so it’s a necessary evil.
If ever there was a city that was a dog-loving collective, it’s Boulder. We take our dogs everywhere with us, from outdoor patios at restaurants to the numerous hiking trails around the city. Heck, there are even stores in Boulder that allow furry friends in along with their owners, which is why I’m fairly certain that nearly all Boulderites understand the important role that animal shelters like our sponsor the Humane Society of Boulder Valley play by saving the lives of thousands of animals each year.
Of course, nonprofits like the Humane Society of Boulder Valley can’t operate on grants alone, they rely on their community to support them and the upcoming Doggie Dash on September 17 is the perfect way for you to show your support for HSBV. Here’s a little bit more about the event to fill you in on the details of the event before you go.
This is the 27th year the Doggie Dash will be helping to raise funds for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley! I don’t even know how many years that is in dog years, other than a lot. Math is hard.
The funds raised through this event help to change the lives of thousands of animals that come in to the shelter. In fact, last year, HSBV adopted out 5,199 animals, reunited 799 lost or stray pets with their guardians, spayed or neutered 3,416 animals, and transferred in 2,611 animals from other shelters in need of assistance.
I honestly can’t think of a better way to show your love for pets everywhere than by helping to support an organization that does that much good for pets in the community.
Now that your heart is overflowing with goodwill, let’s cover the basics. The Doggie Dash takes place at the Boulder Reservoir on Saturday, September 17 starting at 9 a.m., when the dash begins. It’s a 2-mile scenic run, walk, skip or dance around the reservoir, but wait, there’s more!
When you register for the Doggie Dash, you get a delicious Whole Foods breakfast—a bevy of burrito options including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and meat—goodie bags, fun at the community expo, including dog friendly activities and treats, free parking at Boulder Reservoir (if you arrive before 9:30 a.m.), a participant medal for you and your Doggie Dash attending pup, and participants over 21 receive free entry to the Oskar Blues Beer Garden.
Even with all those amazing activities and perks, guess what registration costs are? Registration for an individual is only $25 for adults and $15 for kids under 13! I know, right?! How can you afford not to sign up? Get on it and register today!
Once you’re registered, there is still SO much more that you can do to help support the Humane Society while enjoying the Doggie Dash.
Team Up and Compete
Teams make just about everything more fun. If you’re anything like me and just the teensiest bit competitive (read: insanely competitive), creating a team takes things up a notch. You can compete between each other to raise the most funds outside of registration or you can run or walk as a group and make the 2-mile route a social event.
Raise Money to Win Prizes
Speaking of fundraising, if you raise over $25 after you’ve registered, you get a sweet limited edition Humane Society of Boulder Valley Performance Tech tee. There are other prizes available based on how much you raise including a doggie DNA panel and a behind-the-scenes tour with the CEO and her dog. See the prize page for more details.
Pick a Dash Day Theme
I’m not being hyperbolic when I tell you that theme parties are some of my favorite things in this world. Theme anything really; I’m not saying no to an opportunity to put on a costume and the Doggie Dash is no exception. They love having people and dogs (if they enjoy it!) show up in costume, so pick a theme in your group and go all out for the event!
One theme I’ve found to work well is Star Wars. A few years ago, I dressed up as Leia and put my dog in an Ewok costume. You could also do Han and Chewbacca; storm trooper and AT-AT; or C3PO and R2D2. And that’s just Star Wars, people! There are so many excellent people and pup themes out there.
More than anything, the Doggie Dash organizers and Humane Society of Boulder Valley want you to have a fun-filled morning with your dog and other like-minded dog lovers while supporting a fantastic cause. I think we can probably manage that, right, Boulder?