Do you dress up your dog? Then the Doggie Dash is for you. The Oregon Humane Society hopes to set a Guinness World Record next month for most costumed canines convened in one place. Below is a press release from the Oregon Humane Society, with details on the goal and the event.
The Oregon Humane Society, known for helping thousands of pets find homes each year, is aiming to set a different kind of record at the 27th annual OHS Doggie Dash in downtown Portland.
The record to beat: the most costumed canines ever gathered in one place. Dog lovers everywhere are encouraged to come to Waterfront Park on May 10 to help OHS break the current Guinness World Record of 1,326 costumed dogs. The record was set two years ago in St. Louis.
“If just half of the dogs who come to the Dash every year show up in costume, we’ll easily beat the Guinness record and have a great time doing it,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS executive director. “I can’t wait to see well over 1,000 costumed dogs in one place and all for a great cause!”
Doggie Dash is the largest fundraising event for pets on the West Coast, with a dog-friendly route down car-free Naito Parkway and along Waterfront Park. The event features canine contests, a pancake breakfast, live music and more.
Discover Your Dog’s Inner Superhero: To go along with “Walk. Run. Be a Hero!” theme of this year’s Dash, dog lovers are encouraged to dress their canine companions in superhero garb. The OHS website also features tips for creating a Fido-friendly costume and an online quiz to help pet owners discover their pet’s inner superhero. Take the quiz here. Downloadable costume patterns are available on the OHS website.
Last’s year Doggie Dash saw an estimated 3,500 dogs in attendance. OHS is expecting more dogs this year and hopes to raise a record $500,000. Registration for Doggie Dash is $30 in advance, $35 at the door, with 100% of the proceeds going to help pets OHS. To register for the Dash and learn more about the world record attempt, visit www.oregonhumane.org/doggiedash.
What: Help beat the Guinness World Record for most costumed dogs and raise funds for pets in need.
When: Saturday, May 10, 2014. Day-of registration opens at 7:30 am; walk/run starts at 9 am; world-record count begins at finish line.
Where: Portland’s Waterfront Park, SW Stark and Naito Parkway.
Take the Quiz: Discover your dog’s superhero alter-ego, visit: http://www.oregonhumane.org/doggiedash/be_a_hero.asp
Cost: Registration is $30 in advance; $35 at the door and includes a free pancake breakfast and more.