A GRUMBLE OF PUGS DASHING FOR CHARITY!
Last Sunday pug lovers had rumbles and bumbles of fun in the South at the annual Pug Dash Charity Event! Pugs did not have to know how to race in order to join in the fun. Two humans per pug was the rule of the day – one to hold the pug at the starting line; and the other (the favorite human of course) who called and encouraged from the finishing line. After a loud “on-your-marks-get-set-GO!” pugs were ‘launched’ in the direction of the finishing line with spectators eagerly anticipating some action. And Boy did they get it!
A few pugs stayed put and looked around a touch bewildered and some lost the plot halfway to stop and have a sniff. Surprisingly, however, most of the pugs charged off at breakneck speed to reach the end. Our little mascot Zuma won his first heat for team RAWLOVE after his mom had to run ahead to get him racing. In the same race, one little lady pug was so shy, she only took 5 steps and promptly sat down on her bottom with an expression of utter dismay on her face. It took her all of 5 minutes to complete the heat and when she eventually did, the crowd roared with appreciation!
Yes, this is a fun get-together to witness the hilarious attempts of dressed-up pugs racing one another. Yet this event also donates all proceeds generated to 2 local animal shelters, the Deep South Animal Care and Pug Rescue SA. Registration to race in the event was free which resulted in bigger donations for our shelters – a smart move by the Pug Dash Team! The event started at 2pm and ended at 4pm with a strict leave no trace policy. It’s basically the only rule for the day.
Personalised dog tags were on sale, and Megs Mutts sold doggy merchandise to aid her foster programme. There was an honesty juice bar and spectators could help themselves to icy fruit water in exchange for a donation. Some generously paid R100 for two glasses! There was also a French gentleman – the real deal – who made divine chocolate crepes( you can like La Rozell’ Authentic French Crepes on Facebook). It was the first year that refreshments and food were made available contributing to a lovely atmosphere. A real summer’s day – the kids loved it!
One of the favourite parts of the day was the Puggle Photo Booth. Floyd Paul, a professional photographer, very kindly donated his time and skills to man the booth. Wrangling pugs can be tricky, but he pulled it off – with the help of meaty treats of course! There were all kinds of outfits for puggers to wear for their shoot ranging from hammer head onesies, to tutus, angel wings, sun glasses, and flower crowns – THE WORKS!
There were fabulous prizes for the winners: our friends The Real Pet Co – Online Store donated R250 vouchers as well as goodie bags filled with organic treats and other doggy goodies. We at RAWLOVE donated 24 tubs of meals with free delivery included for 1st Place, 2nd Place and a special voucher for the Oldest Pug Contester – we want to see him back again next year!
I almost forgot to mention the pool for puglets. Very handy to cool down pugs after their heats. The little things overheat easily you know!
Events like these are crucial for the community and our shelters. We were delighted to be involved again this year and we look forward to assisting the Pug Dash Team with achieving their goals – especially when it’s this much fun!
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See pictures below (copyright Floyd Paul & Caley Wildman)