Rio Pecos Wag-n-Walk howling success

March 20, 2011 • Local News

Sister, an apricot poodle, in her Pot o’ Gold at Saturday’s Wag-n-Walk at Cahoon Park. (Jonathan Entzminger photo)

The Rio Pecos Kennel Club held its fifth annual Shamrock Wag-n- Walk, Saturday, at Cahoon Park. Rocky Point Ranch and Roswell Animal Welfare Alliance sponsored the event.

“It’s about encouraging families to do fun activities with their pets and a little bit of fundraising, too,” Elaine Mayfield, Rio Pecos Kennel Club president, said.

[auth] More than a few dozen locals attended festivities, which included non-competitive walking and 1- and 2-mile competitive walks on walking trails throughout the park. In addition, cute puppy and adult, most talented dog, ugly mug and owner-pet look-a-like contests took place during the event.

Contestants paid $15 to qualify in Saturday’s contests and $2 for each additional pooch. Some of the money from contestant fees will go toward a scholarship fund for local residents who plan to study animal sciences. AWA officials on hand at the event were microchipping dogs. Microchipping allows owners to track lost or stolen pets. Mayfield spoke its benefits.

“The microchipping is an identifying chip, that’s slid right under the skin — it’s the size of a matchead,” Mayfield said. “If a dog is stolen, it can be scanned if it’s sent to a shelter somewhere, and identified through a national network.”

One of the event’s top contest winners was Sister, an apricot poodle owned by Diane Ibarra. Sister sat comfortably in a show-stealing Pot o’ Gold, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Debbie Allen’s Great Dane Tori, a local area therapy dog, was a top winner in the owner-pet look-a-like costume contest. Mayfield said that about $300 was raised at the event.

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