This weekend here is suppose to be nasty. You can read between the lines for that to mean rain, snow, wind and temps in the 30’s. Yesterday I curled up and stayed in all day when Mother Nature dealt me a crummy hand. Today I when I woke up to snow/rain I said “UP YOURS” and went on about life. This morning I did my first 5k of the season.
This one was a special one as it was a charity walk for the local shelter’s animal fund. Albert’s Angel Fund is a local charity that helps pay for medical expenses for adoptable animals that the local shelter might not otherwise afford. I love the idea of the partnership of the shelter and the AAF. Years ago our rescue dogs, Max and Charlie, used to get pledges and annually complete the Walk for the Animals, a fundraiser for the shelter they came from in Minnesota. Today’s walk was a natural fit for me.
If it had been nice weather there would have been no question about participation, but with the rain/snow mix, the wind and the thermometer screaming 34 degrees I was not sure what the turn out would be like. Heck I was not even sure if RangerSir would participate or not. We got ourselves ready and out the door before we could change our minds. The field was full of hardy souls dressed for spring in Montana, the rest of you may call it winter clothing. There were folks of all sizes and ages, just the dogs were. Probably the most interesting dog we saw was a Komondor, which I had never seen in person before. There were also Corgie, Dachshund. Bloodhounds, Yorkies, a 3-legged Pomeranian, Giant Schnauzer, and any thing else you can imagine in between. The family who parked next to us captured the essence of the field. They had a little teeny tiny dog of Chihuahua origin, a large elderly dog of Golden origin, a very young infant in a stroller, a short small mom, and a very tall dad. See them unload from their rig and make their family race ready made me glad I had not been a wienie and stayed home.
Here are a couple more pictures taken during the race. This was the 5th year for the race. In the first four years of the race it has raised over $13,000 for Albert’s Angel Fund. Not sure if the turn out will allow us to stay on target, but every bit helps and the race helps to raise awareness. It was fun to watch the faces of folks in cars to see a mass dog walk.
Now as I sit here blogging at home four hours later we are getting the snow that they predicted and yes they might be right it could accumulate an inch before it is done. Sure am glad the walk is over, but glad I was part of it.