Saturday was the first annaul Tail Chaser 5K and Black Dog Salvage 1-mile Dog Walk, a fundraiser for the Roanoke Valley SPCA, and as a participant, I can confidently say the event was a blast.
Click here to read Duncan Adams’ story about the event from yesterday’s newspaper.
Phil and Melissa Moo before the Black Dog Salvage 1-Mile Dog Walk on Saturday.
There were hundreds of people and pooches out to enjoy a crisp, cool spring morning in Wasena Park. My husband, Phil, and I, along with our greyhound Melissa Moo, arrived shortly before 9 a.m., in time to see the start of the 5K down the greenway.
We had to wait until 10 a.m. for the walk, the event we registered for, to begin, but it was such a great day and there were so many nice folks and sweet dogs to meet that the hour flew by. It was great to see people we know, including neighbors on our cul-de-sac that came out to run the 5K and walk with their basset hound, Stella, in the walk.
More than an hour on her feet is a lot for a greyhound, a dog that is used to sprinting very fast for a few minutes each day and spending the rest of her time crashed on the sofa.
When the walk started, it must have reminded Melissa of the starting gate at the greyhound race track, because she was eager to pass the other dogs. But that burst of energy didn’t last long, and I could tell she was getting weary at the halfway point.
We had settled into a nice pace, but right at the end, Stella, the short-legged, long-eared hound and her peppy walker, our neighbor’s daughter, beat Melissa and me to the finish line.
A greyhound, smoked in a foot race by a basset hound. Loss of cul-de-sac cred. (Insert smiley face here. Way to go Stella!)
It was really an awesome event and I look forward to next year. Maybe by then, Phil and I will be able to walk/jog the 5K. But maybe not with Melissa.