With an assistance dog by their side, a veteran with a disability no longer needs to ask for help with daily tasks many people take for granted. Please help make a difference in the lives of veterans with disabilities by registering for the 5th Annual Annapolis/Kent Island Run & Dog Walk scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015. All proceeds will benefit America’s VetDogs®.
You and your friends can enter the timed 10K or 5K race, or enjoy a leisurely 2-mile family friendly stroll with or without your dog. If you do bring your 4-legged friend you will both enjoy the Kent Island Dog Park half-way through your stroll. Bring your dog and play in one of two fenced areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs, before returning to Kent Island High School for closing ceremonies.
Participants can register online at Race4Vets.VetDogs.org [Update 2018: LINK NO LONGER WORKS] by clicking on the register now link. All early registrants will qualify to receive an event shirt (while supplies last). Your support will help servicemen and women regain the freedom they have fought so hard to give you. Don’t wait any longer to register! The rate increases for all those that walk-up on event day.
Not in Maryland? Choose to virtually participate and run or walk in your community. A VetDogs t-shirt will be sent to your home.
Your support is important to the success of our services. Please help change the lives of veterans by FriendRaising /FundRaising for America’s VetDogs. After you register at Race4Vets.VetDogs.org,[Update 2018: LINK NO LONGER WORKS] the site will lead you through the simple steps to create your own personalized fundraising page. It’s fun and easy AND the top fundraiser will receive a FABULOUS prize!
The 2014 Annual Eastport St. Patrick’s Day Green Beer Race. Prizes awarded for the “Best Dressed Pet” contest, so deck your pet out in their best St. Paddy’s day wares.
The Eastport Democratic Club, 525 State St., is hosting the annual Green Beer Races celebration on Saturday, kicking off at the crack of noon.
Live entertainment, food and plenty of beverages will offered along with the relay races in which teams try to carry green beer on trays while running a course as fast as they can. There is also a keg toss and green Kool-Aid races for the younger set along with a Best Dressed Dog and Cutest Leprechaun contest.
Entertainment includes the Teelin Irish Dance Company and Dean Rosenthal at 4 p.m. The party continues inside from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All proceed benefit the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.
I am very excited to be the new president of the Chesapeake Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club. Shirley Hobbs introduced me to the breed in 2006 with the admonition, “They are like potato chips, you can’t have just one.” She was right as I am now the proud owner of four. Although I have some experience in conformation, my primary focus has been performance. Jazz, Tori, and Banjo have all been shown in Rally and Obedience. Jazz also has titles in Agility and Lure Coursing. The newest member of the pack, Lizzie, will be joining them on the road this year.
The Cardigan is a versatile dog. We have members who seek to improve the breed by exhibiting them in conformation events and raising fine puppies. Others put their dogs to work and join them in performance events. Still others treasure them as pets and companions. I see the club as fulfilling the needs of all these groups.
I hope that everyone will feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. This is your club. If you are a new member or a new Cardigan owner we can create a mentoring partnership to assist you. Please come to as many activities as you can so that we can share our affection for this wonderful breed.
Back by “Pup”ular Demand! Bring your dog to the baseball game! Purchase a dedicated dog ticket from the Washington Nationals (which they will donate to WHS!) and watch the game in the Pup Zone. TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Upcoming Pup in the Park Games:
Saturday, April 19, 1:05 pm vs. St. Louis Cardinals *PUP PARADE!*
Saturday, May 17, 4:05 pm vs. New York Mets
Sunday, June 22, 1:35 pm vs. Atlanta Braves
Sunday, September 7, 1:35 pm vs. Philadelphia Phillies
What’s luring you ask? Lure coursing is a sport for dogs that involves chasing a mechanically operated lure.
In lure coursing, dogs chase an artificial lure across a field, following a pattern that is meant to simulate live coursing. A typical lure course is between 600 and 1000 yards (548 to 914 meters) long. In Europe the course length can be over 1000 meters, and may incorporate some obstacles or jumps. The course must have a minimum number of turns in order to simulate prey (the jack-rabbit or hare) changing direction in a chase. The fields can be fenced or not. If a dog is lure focused they will typically follow the lure from start to finish and not run off course. Dogs with some considerable lure experience, termed “lure-wise”, may try to anticipate or “cheat” by attempting to cut off the lure instead of trying to capture the lure using follow, speed and agility.
Since Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis are not sight hounds, they compete in what is called a Coursing Ability Test (CAT). The AKC also offers lure coursing titles for all breeds through the Coursing Ability Test (CAT). This program is pass or fail. To pass, the dog must complete a 300 yard or 600 yard course (determined by breed) with enthusiasm.