Dog lovers gathered together to show off the running skillof their pets in a PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society) event dubbed TheGreat Dog Dash: Year 3 at Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City, last September 30.
The event featured small dogs rushing to their guardians whocoaxed their wards with treats and toys at the end of the 10-meterrace track. The fastest dog to reach thefinish line in each round challenged the winner of the other batches until thegrand champion emerged.
The challenge was divided into three categories: theTinkerbell category, Elf category, and Hobbit category. The dogs in the Tinkerbell category were mostlyteacup Chihuahuas, mini Pomeranians, and Yorkshire terriers. Short-legged dogs like dachshunds, smallbassest hounds, corgis, small pugs, shih tzus, and poodle were grouped togetherin the Elf category, while the bigger dogs of the group sprinted under theHobbit category.
To add more excitement, this year's race also featured aCelebrity Heat for the celebrities who came to show that their dogs also hadwhat it takes to be a good runner.
Commercial model-disc jockey Hillary Isaac and PhilippineIdol finalist Drae Ybañez hosted the event. Celebrities like R&B prince Jay-R, singer Karylle, actressPaola Peralejo, and master rapper Fancis Magalona with his family attended the affair withtheir lovable pets.
Karylle described how much fun the event was for her and herdog. Both were first-timers. Shenarrated, "We've been helping PAWS for the past three years, but it was usually throughour participation in the Furry Tales Pet Fashion Show. Jack and I had funthis year because it's our first time to join a dog race. At the start, I think he was disoriented soI was so really proud of him when he finally crossed the finish line."
PAWS director Rich Ilustre explained that aside from raisingfunds, they also want their participants to enjoy themselves during the event. She said, "When organizing fundraisers, wemake it a point that these are fun events that will allow purebreed dogs,mongrels and aspins (‘asong Pinoy' or native dogs) to bond with theirguardians."
Meanwhile, PAWS invites dog lovers to its first charitydinner titled Dine with the Paws, which will be held at the BonifacioHigh Street on October 20 at 7 p.m.
Celebrity friendsand supporters of PAWS will perform during the main program.
Tickets are priced at P1,000 for persons attending without dogs, and P1,200 for guardians who bring their dogs. Therewill be a red carpet where dog owners and their pets can have their photos taken. A delicious buffet for guardians and a separate buffet for their pets awaits them.