Sister, an apricot poodle, in her Pot oâ€™ Gold at Saturdayâ€™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.
â€œItâ€™s about encouraging families to do fun activities with their pets and a little bit of fundraising, too,â€ Elaine Mayfield, Rio Pecos Kennel Club president, said.
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 Saturdayâ€™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.
â€œThe microchipping is an identifying chip, thatâ€™s slid right under the skin â€” itâ€™s the size of a matchead,â€ Mayfield said. â€œIf a dog is stolen, it can be scanned if itâ€™s sent to a shelter somewhere, and identified through a national network.â€
One of the eventâ€™s top contest winners was Sister, an apricot poodle owned by Diane Ibarra. Sister sat comfortably in a show-stealing Pot oâ€™ Gold, in honor of St. Patrickâ€™s Day. Debbie Allenâ€™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.