Doggie Dash Makes a Big Finish

by Gregg Senko

The 3rd Annual Doggie Dash recently took place at the French Creek Reservation in Sheffield. Weather conditions weren’t the most suitable for a day spent outside, let alone to run in. The misty, drizzly day was not a runner’s best friend, which was only compounded by the unseasonably cold temperatures that day. Then again, this is Northeast Ohio so who’s to say what’s unseasonable in late April?  Sure we want 70 and mostly sunny, but sometimes we may have to settle for 47, wet and overcast. In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, “It is what it is.”

This eager Buckeyes fan leads his humans onward

Nevertheless, volunteers, competitors and dog walkers showed up to take command of the 5k run and the 1-mile walk. Despite the humans’ discomfort in the sloppy conditions, the dogs didn’t seem to mind, enjoying the distractions of other dogs and even one cat who arrived in a kitty stroller (yes, that is a real thing).  Once the volunteers handed out the registration packets and the runners lined up, the start of the race was signaled and things were underway. The 5k race was won with an impressive time of 22 minutes and 53 seconds. Some glided across the finish line, others were a bit more winded, but all successfully finished. No quitters here! Congrats to all attendees!

Jerry McFadden – 1st place in the Doggie Dash 5k

The real news, however, was (as always) the animals.  Funds raised will go toward aiding those cats and dogs in need that are brought to Friendship.  Every little bit ends up going a long way so small events like these can be just as crucial as our Wags to Riches gala.  Thanks again to Lake Ridge Academy, all donors and all of our volunteers that day.

Mellow spectates from the safety of his feline mover