Monday, May 5, 2008

Bark InThe Park 2008!

Saturday was the 14th annual Bark in the Park charity walk benefiting the Anti-Cruelty Society here in Chicago. Mom and Dad leashed me up early, and off we went. The 3.2 mile walk is held along the Chicago lakefront at Montrose harbor. The Anti-Cruelty Society is a great organization that WE love to support. Last year they found homes for over 5,700 animals and spay/neutered over 13,000 animals! Woo Hoo! I love nothing more than helping homeless animals find loving homes like mine!
We were near the very front of the pack of walkers. Over 3,000 walkers were expected, so we got up front early. We were hoping to get on TV, but they scanned right around us. DARN, maybe next year!
Look at all those people and their pooches! People who have kitties were encouraged to make buttons that had their kitties pictures and their names. They were so cool.
As we were walking along, I met this guy. At first I thought he was a pony, but nope, he swears he's a dog just like me. Just like me? Not quite buddy.
We had a good pace going, but Mom kept stopping to take pictures. Come on woman, hurry up. There are all kinds of treats at the end!
Once I finished the walk, I headed over to the agility area. My agility instructor, Stacey Hawk was running the agility course. I was kind of bummed that I had to stay on leash, but there were all kinds of dogs on the course, so for safety's sake we were all on lead.
Ahhh, where is my teacher with the cheese?
Guess who was at the event? My most favorite dogtor ever, Dr. Marks. She had to leave her pug Clyde at home since she was working the event, so I was a bit sad. I met Clyde at the Paws walk last fall and we became buds. Dr. Marks said that I was looking good and that the dog diet must be working as I was looking slimmer. We'll see what the scale shows. Thanks for the kisses Dr. Marks, you know I love ya!
After the walk, we checked out all the booths with yummy treats, toys and all kinds of great dog organizations. I put on the charm at each booth to scam some treats. We got my paw prints taken, but skipped the dog massage this year. I had one last year, but was so excited, that I spent the whole time wiggling, so Mom said not this year buddy. We hit the food tent and I enjoyed some apple while Mom and Dad ate donuts and bagels, so not fair!
Oh, while I was checking out all the booths, I found the Fresh Pet booth, where they were giving out samples of their Deli Fresh roll. Mom commented how she remembers seeing Deli Fresh on Bogarts' blog, and so she told the marketing girl, and you know what? They gave my Mom a free roll to take home for me! Woo Hoo, I'm gonna drop Bogarts name everywhere if it gets me full size freebies! Bogart, you are the best! Thanks for helping me to score free treats! As we were ready to head home, it began to rain, so I was quite happy that I did everything I wanted and I was going to stay dry! What a great day and a great way to help less fortunate animals!
'Till next time,


Comet and BLU said...

What an exiting day you had! We didn't get to do anything fun like that this weekend.
Comet and BLU

Pacco de Mongrel said...

wat a fun event for all the dog people to get together and had a blast...

happy said...

That sounds so fun! That's quite a lot of humans and dogs there, wasn't it?

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

I don't know if you know this...but you were the best looking one at the walk. I just wanted you to know. Also, I noticed that your scary eye photo was of you in the bath! So was mine! The bath is where all the evil happens!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Maggie & Mitch said...

What a fun day for you, Kirby! You met all kinds of new friends and got treats at the end! Mitch is drooling hearing about you getting an apple! He loves apples!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Noah the Airedale said...

Kirby mate,
What a great day out and such an excellent cause. We just dont understand how the TV cameras didnt stop on you....your a dale afterall!!!

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Gaia the Airedale said...

How cool Kirby, it was just like the Walk Run my mom went to here, just the same, cept it wasnt broadcasted on TV. Looks like you had a great wag of a time, my mom and I would love to do that someday! Until then I guess well have to stay local hehe. Your so cute Kirby, love you!

puppy breath,

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...'s it cool to be able to bark famous names like Bogies and get FREE FOOD!!! And Bogie's name represents food!!! WOOT!!

Looks like ya had a great day...what a ton of walkers!!!

So your on a dog diet too??? How big are ya? Babystan fooled us...we thought he was gonna be huge, but he's rather short for a Dale....but very stocky and barrel chested...strong guy...but 50 lbs...

Barkin' at ya Kirb...


Bogart said...

Woo-hoo!!! GO DALE GO!!!!!!!!!

Feel free to drop my name anytime... so happy to hear that it scored you free treats!!!!!


Girl Girl Hamster said...

That's a really good cause that you had for the walkie Kirby. :)

~ Girl girl

Cassidy said...

That looks like somuch fun,whee!

Me meeted a huge doggie like the one you met at the show on Monday.

Cassidy x

Molly and Taffy said...

Hello Kirby

Your Bark in the Park looked an excellent day out. Meeting friends is great and receiving treats as well is awesome.

Molly and Taffy

Deetz said...

What a wonderful walk and treats at the end....too much. It was for a great cause and I am glad you pawents were able to attend with you

Asta said...

That is pawsome!!! Thank you fow doing that..helping ouw fuwwfwiends is the best!!! You awe a gweat aiwkid fow doing this walk...I think you look vewy vewy handsome and twim!!!
smoochie kisses

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

Happy National Stuffie Appreciation Day!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Caz said...

looks like the walk was fun. Gosh that great dane did look like a pony hahahah. I know how you feel when going for a good walk , you get into a good stride and then you have to stop to have a photo taken. well your mum took some good shots. Well done on your walk.

Ludo the cool dude

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