This week’s column is dedicated to all of the participants who come out and show their support during the Pasadena Humane Society’s Wiggle Waggle Walk, an annual community event to support the animals. This year, the 19th annual Wiggle Waggle Walk, or the Walk as we like to call it, will be held on Sunday, September 24 at Brookside Park at the Rose Bowl. This fun-filled family fundraiser and festival (that was a tongue twister) helps animals in need and celebrates people and pets. It’s a wonderful day and I encourage everyone to come out and join me.
This will be my second year participating at the Wiggle Waggle Walk. Here is what I remember from last year:
• Thousands of dogs and their people congregating in one place to celebrate. There were big dogs, small dogs, young dogs and old dogs, all walking in unison for the same cause. It was as if they knew that they had homes, but they needed to do their part to help others. If you want to see diversity in the dog world, the Walk is the place to be.
• Pet owners learning more about pet ownership. There were a lot of booths available to answer any questions you had, whether it be about dog training, veterinary care or pet products. There were also booths with activities for kids and special prizes and giveaways.
• Cat owners coming out in droves to support all of the animals at the Pasadena Humane Society. But, or course, they left their feline friends at home.
• Smiles and laughter everywhere. Families, friends and colleagues coming together having a great time. Maybe they were walking, maybe they were eating at one of the food trucks, maybe they were watching the entertainment, however, they spent their morning with the Pasadena Humane Society and it was clear that a good time was had by all.
• A volunteer army getting up early to set up and ensure the day was awesome for everyone who attended.
Thousands of people are expected to take part in the walk around the Rose Bowl this year. Animal lovers are encouraged to fundraise for the animals by registering as an individual or as part of a team at wigglewagglewalk.org and asking family, friends and co-workers for donations. Check out the site, too, if you want to join an existing team.
The Punk Rock Rovers is a wonderful team that has been the number one fundraising entity for the walk many years in a row. They are a diverse crew and anyone raising over $100 gets a limited edition T-shirt they created. It’s a play on the band Kiss and instead it says HIZZ with pictures of cats dressed like the band members. Really cute, everyone will want one.
Attendees do not need a dog to join the fun—just a desire to help animals. Participants can walk a 1 or 3 mile loop around the Rose Bowl or stay behind to enjoy our vendor booths at Brookside Park. If you are unable to attend the event, you can still donate via the Walk website.
The registration fee for walkers will be $25. Pre-registration is encouraged, but Walkers may also register at the event. Fundraisers can receive a spot in the coveted VIP Lounge by raising $500 or more. The VIP Lounge will feature complimentary breakfast, beverages and free giveaways. Check-in opens at 8:00 a.m. at Brookside Park. The Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. and festivities, including vendor booths, K-9 demonstrations, food trucks, music and canine contests, will continue until noon. Brookside Park is located at 360 North Arroyo Blvd in Pasadena.
If you do consider bringing a dog to the walk, please keep the following info in mind:
• Make sure your dog is comfortable around lots of people and other animals.
• Make sure your pup is up to date on vaccinations and has current identification on their neck.
• Check your pet’s collar and leash/harness to ensure it is the correct size and that they cannot slip out and run away.
• Always be sure to keep them on leash and at your side at all times.
• Stay hydrated. We will have water available for people and animals.
For more information and to register, visit wigglewagglewalk.org.