If you love animals and, especially if you have a dog, don't miss the annual Walk and Run for the Animals in Vancouver, Washington.
It's only three miles of walking and running but think of how much fun you will have with 1,000 other walkers/runners and 600 dogs, a pony and a parrot. This year there were two routes to choose from.
The Humane Society for Southwest Washington puts on a dog-friendly party that tops any others I have attended. No detail is overlooked. Runners, walkers and their dog-companions will enjoy a monitored scenic route. But what will draw me and my hound back year after year is their Vendor Village spread out on the lawns of beautiful Esther Short Park.
Go early. We did and were glad. We got to visit all the vendors, find out about new foods and pet supplies. And my hound was first in line for treats, samples and coupons. That certainly made the event for her! As she came up to a booth with treats, she sat in anticipation for a doggy morsel and got one with a smile.
There were animals to adopt, animals to pet and plenty of interesting people and pet watching. There was a mini-horse who walked the entire 3 mile event and a woman with a pet parrot in a special carrier. Dogs were all duded up. Trailblazer gear was evident.
The Salmon Run Clock chimed 9 a.m. and the runners were off. Walkers followed soon after. Most participants had their dogs with them.
Although walkers bunched up a bit at the start, it was not long until people spread out along the beautiful Renaissance Trail. There were plenty of water bowls for the dogs and a first aid tent at the half-way mark.
When the walkers and runners returned there was music and festivities at Esther Short Park to enjoy.
This is an annual event. It is very family friendly and certainly dog-friendly.