Monday, May 3, 2010
A Note From Joey and Maggie: Bark in the Park 2010!
Happy Monday! We're exhausted. On Friday, Dad took the day off work to take us to the groomers - and after a bath, a blueberry facial, and getting our nails trimmed, glands expressed, ears cleaned, and a new doo for Maggie, we knew something big was on the horizon. Saturday was the big day; we got up at 5 AM and participated in our 8th Annual Bark in the Park, a fundraiser for Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society. It's a 5K/3.2 mile walk along Chicago's beautiful lakefront. There were over 3,500 dogs in attendance. That's a lot of butts to sniff!
We were part of a team of Dachshunds and friends called Team Hot Dogs, which consisted of about 35 teammates, and together we raised over $16,000 for the Anti-Cruelty Society and took home the team challenge for the fourth year in a row! We also participated in a sit/stay for 2 minutes to hopefully create a new world record for the most dogs in a sit/stay.
We're still resting up today; the walk was a bit harder this year than in the past - we're getting old at about 9.5 years, so we both hitched a ride in a wagon that was being pulled by one of our Leonberger friends! Maggie was about 20% into the walk when she decided that she just wasn't going to do it anymore. Joey held on a little longer, but the quick pace was a little much for him as well this year. We'll have to take a big shortcut next year.
Enjoy the Dachshund-centric photos; the last seven are from our Doxie friends Sampson, Tommy Lee, and Gina Marie. You'll see lots of harnesses from Dachshund Delights. You may also notice a Dachshund with butterfly wings on - that's 'Molly' with her dapper doxie duds from our pal 'Baxter' and his mom at kalyxcornucopia.