Julie Funfer and her pooch partners

Julie Funfer and her pooch partners

Duathlon is all about the dogs

The second annual Doggie Duathlon is a howling success, with dogs and their humans competing in a fun fundraiser for the Animal Care Society

On a perfect Sunday morning, 27 dog “athletes” and their human companions completed the 1.6, five or 10 km walk/run and 25 or 50 metre swim in Pooch Partners’ second annual Doggie Duathlon, raising $400 for the Vernon and District Animal Care Society.

With obesity on the rise in both canines and humans, this fun, non-competitive event is just one way that Pooch Partners encourages people and their dogs to get fit while having fun and helping out a local animal charity.

Shelly Korobanik, owner of Pooch Partners and event organizer, was pleased with the event, Aug. 11 at Kin Beach.

“This year’s Doggie Duathlon was a great success because of the fantastic participants, the volunteers, and the incredible generosity of our sponsors,” she said, thanking sponsors Pet Planet, Healthy Spot, Bosley’s Pet Food Plus, AJ’s Pets & Things, Hilltop Subaru, Walmart, Vernon Butcher Shop, Butcher Boys, Stussi Sport, Salomon, Barry J Goodsell Photography, Champion Petfoods,   eLoad Sport Nutrition, Road ID, Petsecure, John Deak, Bulk Barn and Sun FM.

“Be sure to mark your calendars for Pooch Partners’ third annual Doggie Duathlon scheduled for Sunday, August 10, 2014.”

Check out other upcoming Pooch Partners’ events at www.poochpartners.ca.