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*This event is a fundraiser for medical expenses for senior dogs. Reducing the financial burden that can often be associated with any shelter dog, will hopefully lead to a higher adoption rate in dogs in the senior category*
Growing up, I couldn't wait for the day that I would move out and get myself a brand new puppy. I was guilty of believing that puppies were cuter, more fun, lived longer lives and had fewer health problems. Fast forward to myself at 22 years old, living in my first home. I decided that I was adult enough to take on the responsibility of a dog of my own. However, I realized that I was in no position to care for a dog that would need constant attention and bathroom breaks every hour. In my fantasy life it never occurred to me that there were perfectly great dogs, that didn't require as much attention or training, right at the tips of my fingers. I decided to make a visit to the West Michigan Humane Society where I was immediately intrigued by an, approximately, 6 year old German Shorthaired Pointer. After our 20 minute room visit, I was smitten. All stereotypes had gone out the window. He was soft, he was playful, healthy, and, seemingly, the cutest dog i'd ever seen in my WHOLE LIFE, in my infatuated state. I knew that he had to be mine. I was told after adopting him that he had been transferred from a different humane society due to spending an excessive amount of time there. After a week of Whiskey being with me, I couldn't imagine my life without him. His hobbies included chasing squirrels, running laps around my yard with his nose down, and "tap dancing" around my kitchen. Whiskey was a healthy and happy dog for 4 wonderful years before I got news of his cancer. Although putting Whiskey down may have been the toughest decision I had ever made, I would not have changed any of it for the world. So to anyone out there concerned about the age or health of an elderly dog, here I am to assure you that the joy I felt, knowing that this dog lived the best last years of his life, is a feeling that I will never forget. So much so, that I cant wait to do it all over again.
This event idea came to me when I had finally decided that maybe I was ready for another dog. The main reasons for low senior adoption rates, like I mentioned earlier, are age and health. Although as much as I wish I could find the fountain of youth, there is nothing I can do for the age of a dog, other than assure you that adopting an elderly dog will be the best decision of your life. I did realize, however, that I could help with medical expenses. This 5k is entirely centered around raising money to pay expenses for senior dogs in the West Michigan area to make them more easily adoptable. If this event gets even one more dog taken out of the shelter and able to live a long fulfilled life, then we have done our job. So lets get together with our friends and animal companions and have some fun while we raise some money for these sweet pups!
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Putt Putts bar, 1148 Fulton St. W. GR, MI 49504
Wednesday June 12th from 4-8 and Thursday June 13th 4-7.
Our gracious hosts for the evening! There will be food and drink specials before and after the race. A patio tent and other outdoor amenities will be available for those with dogs. We will also have a 50/50 raffle and other fun handouts so please come to Putt Putts and support the cause, even if you don't plan on running or walking.
Kim Skarrit, the wonderful women that founded Silver Muzzle Cottage, has paired with me for this event. Kim has taken in so many elderly dogs over the years, so who better than to help make sure this event is a success! Her and a few of her staff will be bringing ADOPTABLE DOGS to come and hangout with us for the evening. Who knows, maybe while having the time of your life with us, you will realize your home is in need of another furry friend!
Silver Muzzle Cottage was Michigan's first hospice facility for dogs. Since 2015, they have rescue 193 dogs. Whether they have 2 days, 2 months, or 2 years left, SMC believes that their lives should be honored and they should never die alone in a shelter.
Our mission is ultimately to get more senior dogs out of shelters and into homes to live out the remainder of their lives. That being said, the money will be going to Silver Muzzle Cottage, a rescue focused on elderly dogs, and will also benefit Kent County Animal Shelter and The Humane Society of West Michigan.
THIS RACE IS DOG FRIENDLY! Dogs are not required but highly encouraged!
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