Did you know that 250,000 human deaths annually are associated with
physical inactivity? Get moving at the Animal Health Foundation's first
"Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound" fundraiser March 30 at Irvine Regional Park
in Orange, CA.
Get healthy, get educated, and have fun on 3 paved courses between 1 and
2 miles long for humans and their canine friends. Strollers are
permitted. The courses will wind through Irvine Regional Park's
beautiful live oak trees and shady sycamore groves, with views of dry
riverbeds and hills.
Vendors will provide information about pet insurance, veterinary care,
training, daycare and more.
Registration is $25 per person and Irvine Regional Park charges a $5
parking fee. Participating dogs must at least 4 months old, fully
vaccinated, wearing identification, be licensed and on leashes not to
exceed 6 feet. NO Flexi (extendable) leashes allowed. Dogs in heat will
not be allowed. Participants with aggressive dogs may be asked to leave.
Pet waste bags and trash cans will be located along the course. No
bicycles, skateboards, scooters or skates allowed.
Funds raised will hep support Animal Health Foundation programs that
provide financial assistance for veterinary care, disaster relief and
wildlife in need, the Caring Creatures pet therapy programs, and
scholarships. AHF is a nonprofit group with the mission of helping pets
and wildlife in need.
Sponsors include Frontline Plus, VCA All Care, VPI Pet Insurance, Back
Bay Veterinary Hospital, Vetoquinol USA and Just Food for Dogs. Vendors
include Trupanion Pet Insurance, Pawsitively Petacular Productions, KODA
Pet Foods, Tooferme Leashes, and veterinary specialty booths with
information about many topics of interest to dog owners. Wags and
Wiggles will provide agility demos, and there will be a performance by
So Cal Disc Dogs. The event also offers goody bags and free raffle
tickets for registrants with silent auction items totaling $4,000 in
The name of the event is inspired by the book of the same name by Phil
Zeltzman and Rebecca Johnson, which promotes humans and dogs working out
together, as a dog is an ideal exercise partner: supportive,
enthusiastic, and nonjudgmental. This idea supports one of AHF's main
goals: to encourage the human-animal bond.
For more information about AHF go to www.animalhealthfoundation.net.For
walk information and registration go to www.ahfwalk.org.
DID YOU KNOW:
…that a dog's cooling ability is less efficient than that of a human?…that
animals instinctively hide their pain, but you can learn to recognize
the signs of an animal that is hurting?…that intermittent lameness
is the most common sign your dog has been bitten by a tick and carrying
potentially deadly Lyme disease?
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