The Milk Bones have been devoured, the bandanas tucked away but the buzz continues about the spectacular first ever Redlands Chamber Dog Jog. More than 250 dogs and their humans, ran, walked, meandered or even rode on the streets of Redlands on November 5th. It was a warm sunny Saturday, and the pooches were on point. As they gathered at the Redlands Mall, the excitement mounted for the official start… New friends were made and old acquaintances renewed. Tails were wagging, and proud pup parents were showing off. The DJ sounded the start of the event with “Who Let the Dogs Out” and it was clear the Redlands Chamber of Commerce did as the mega pack headed out on their 5-K journey.
Greeted at the finish line by enthusiastic volunteers, dog treats, water and official dog tags were handed out to every team. Some pooches more pooped then others, some owners suffering the same ailment but the fun was shared by all.
The Dog Jog could not have been possible without the generous support of race sponsors, Barich & Associates, Alta Vista Credit Union, All Four Paws Pet Services, SCE, Allstate Insurance-Todd Underwood, Pacific Specialties Insurance Services, Mountain West Financial, Super 8 Hotel. Storage West, Jam Sportswear and Redlands Sewing Center, what a team.
The volunteers that secured the streets making the adventure safe are to be thanked, without them the course would not have been open and accessible. Special thanks to the Officer Ken Wright and his team that kept the street closure to a minimum. The Dog Jog Committee though wee in size was mighty indeed, Chairman Daney Bachiu, committee members Jill Riley, Todd Underwood, Mike Hokana, Penny Adams, Randy Diaz, Marisa Nodine, Danielle Nodine and Dick Dawson along with staff really out did themselves.
Messages are still coming into the chamber office, through social media and emails sharing their stories, and asking about next year’s date.
We are extremely happy to report that a portion of the proceeds went to REDFOSA, the volunteer organization that assists the Redlands Animal Shelter find “fur-ever” homes for hundreds of dogs, cats and more, each year.
Hats off to everyone who was a part of this spectacular new event in Redlands. Watch for news about next year’s event 2017.