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Doggie Dash & Dawdle is big party for pets and people

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Billed as “New Mexico’s biggest party for pets and people,” the 31st annual Doggie Dash & Dawdle, a fundraiser for Animal Humane New Mexico and the more than 300 pets in its care, is Saturday.

And here’s who’s invited: adults who wish to dash for 5K, with or without a dog as partner; adults and kids who want to dawdle for two miles, with or without a dog; anyone who enjoys an autumn day’s activities at a park, with or without a dog; anyone who wants to support the state’s largest private, nonprofit shelter and animal welfare organization.

Animal Humane’s Doggie Dash & Dawdle has humble beginnings, with about 100 people and a dozen dogs in the foothills in 1982. It’s grown over the years to attract thousands.

This year, the usual day has changed from Sunday to Saturday (scheduling conflict; will go back to Sunday next year) but the location, Balloon Fiesta Park, is the same. The 5K Dash starts at 9 a.m., the 2-mile Dawdle at 11 a.m.

Meanwhile, all around the park is live entertainment; a Doggie Carnival featuring games and bobbing for hotdogs, a photo booth, paw print painting and more; contests, starting at noon, for the best look-alike person-pooch team, best trick and best costume; and food.

There will be dogs.

You can rent one to dash or dawdle – or just hang out – with from Animal Humane’s excellent supply of adoptable pets. You can bring your own, of course, and let him or her play in the off-leash dog park where dog-sitting is available. There’ll be plenty of water and doggie first aid.

Some rules: Dogs should be well-behaved, be current on their shots and on a non-extendable leash 6 feet long or less.

No dangerous dogs, and no cheating: Anyone who pulls a dog across the 5K Dash finish line is disqualified.

journal file Lines form at the 5K Doggie Dash last year. The annual event raises money for Animal Humane’s many programs and services.

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Lines form at the 5K Doggie Dash last year. The annual event raises money for Animal Humane’s many programs and services.

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