Paige Sutherland with her pooch partners

Paige Sutherland with her pooch partners

Kalamalka Park goes to the dogs

Canine athletes and their human partners gathered at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park for Pooch Partners’ fourth Annual Doggie Duathlon

Canine athletes and their human partners gathered recently at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park for Pooch Partners’ fourth Annual Doggie Duathlon.

This annual, non-competitive event promotes an active and healthy lifestyle for people with their dogs, and is also a fundraiser to help support local animal charities, with this year’s recipient being The Road Home Rescue and Safekeeping Society.

Enthusiastic canine participants of all breeds, sizes and ages, with their human companions, enjoyed the perfect weather to complete their choice of a 2, 5 or 8.5 km scenic trail walk/run to the doggie beach for the 25/50 meter swim.

Ensuring adequate daily exercise is key to having a happy and healthy dog, and this event is just one of many activities Pooch Partners offers to help address the issue of pet obesity which affects over 50 per cent of pets across North America.

“Again this year our incredible sponsors were extremely generous, and that along with the enthusiasm of the amazing participants, canine and human, who show up ready to have fun made the event a success,” said Shelly Korobanik, owner of Pooch Partners.

Sponsors of the event were Sun FM, Pet Planet, Village Green Hotel, AJ’s Pets & Things, Walmart, Stussi Sport, Kiss the Monkey Photography, SOS Lost Pets, Active Vernon Massage, Creekside Animal Clinic, Road ID, Salomon, RC Pet Products,   John Deak – Century 21, and Lingos or Logos Custom Imprints.

Pooch Partners hosts this annual event on the second Sunday of August every year, so be sure to mark your calendars for the fifth annual Doggie Duathlon scheduled for Sunday, Aug  14, 2016 and check out other Pooch Partners’ events and activities at www.poochpartners.ca