Lavi, Doug, Roxie and I headed to the waterfront along with 4,998 other folks and dogs to take part in this year's Doggie Dash.
Here is an exuberant Roxie and Doug crossing the street.
We also met up with Liza, Ray, Nathaniel and Wrigley.
Lavi and her buddies - Wrigley and Roxie.
We headed to the start of the walk. Lavi was ready to get going after her short meeting with "Blaze", the Portland Trailblazer's mascot. Lavi made it very clear that she is not a fan of character costumes and barked incessantly at him. Although she was frightened, it was quite funny -unfortunately no picture.
After the walk, we hung out a bit and waited for the "best dressed contest". An eager Lavi proudly wore her newly crafted strawberry costume. She enjoyed all the attention. She would have had more treats but some four-legged thief stole her bag of treats out of my sweater pocket during the walk!
Getting her on the stage was not a problem. She performed like a star under her alias- Laviberry!
Although the competition was tough, we believed she was at least in the top 3. But no, the top prize went to a guide dog and his buddies (sympathy factor?) followed by 2 gaudily dressed pooches. I guess Lavi didn't have enough "crap" on! Here is another non-winner.
Believe it or not, there was even a brave 14 year old Siamese cat amongst all these dogs. He and his owner have been coming to this event for the past 12 years. Yes, you can find all types of people in these parts...
Before we left, Roxie found love in an older, well-refined gentleman.
We had a great time at the dash and look forward to next year. Thanks again to all of you who made donations on our behalf...you helped many dogs and cats at the Oregon Humane Society who are still waiting for there forever homes.