Dog Jog keeps getting better

By Hank Lohmeyer

Dog Jog keeps getting better | Cedaredge, Dog Jog

Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Stirling, 2, and his sister, fifth grader Shanda, were among participants at the fourth annual Dog Jog and Pet Palooza hosted at Aspen Trails Campground by the Surface Creek Veterinary Center on Saturday. Their pets are Cloe, a 7-ye

It was a day for the doggies, and also for their owners last Saturday at the fourth annual Dog Jog and Pet Palooza hosted by Surface Creek Veterinary Center at the Aspen Trails Campground.

The event, which filled the morning with fun and fido-ish friendship, is organized by veterinarians Jeff and Susie Hirsch and their staff at the Center.

The Hirsches set up a number of activities for the pets and their owners to enjoy. There was an actual dog jog, with participating pets and their owners panting their ways along two miles of marked route.

Shorter distances were available for any K9s considered challenged for one reason or another -- age, short legs, or whatever. There were even less demanding routes -- a nice walk through the campground that has been greatly improved the past year by owners Bill and Kim Vezzoso.

There were at least 60 people and their pooch pals attending the event, and 26 of them also registered for activities that included a maze course. All the registered owners got a ticket for a lunch at Aspen Trails following the fun.

There was a most appropriate Halloween Day costume contest with six awards handed for dress-up creativity, including one for best pet owner look-alike.

When it came to costumes, there were several clowns and fairies. One yellow Labrador came in a Red Baron outfit complete with a WWI-style flying ace leather-like helmet with sheepskin-lined ear flaps and a pair of goggles. No one thought of having their Chihuahua come as a St. Bernard.

The Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control was on hand, as would be expected. The big-hearted volunteers from FCAC were happy to tell everyone about plans for the improved main building the group is working to help raise money for at the Surface Creek Animal Shelter.

The Dog Jog has become an event to look forward to by local folks who love their fun and their pets. The dogs were well behaved and enjoyed the day as much as their owners did.

Local sponsors lined up to be a part of the fun. According to the logos printed on the backs of the official Bruin-blue T-shirts, sponsors were Starr's Guitars, Creekside Café, Benson Brothers, Cedaredge Land Company and Debbie Laity, StitchWorks, Aspen Trails, Kissner General Contractors and Surface Creek Veterinary Center.