Another Day in Paradise November 21, 2012 posted by nbpttoday

Gone to the Dogs: Howling Mile Fundraiser

Still Howling
After the First Annual Howling Mile Fundraiser

Submitted by Ann Dykes

The Joppa Flats Running Club in conjunction with Newburyport’s Off-Leash Committee held its first annual Howling Mile and Pet Show Fundraiser at Cashman Park on Saturday, October 27.

Over 120 of our four-legged best friends, some wearing costumes, ran/jogged/and walked one nautical mile and then participated in numerous dog events, including bobbing for hotdogs and waggiest tail.

Dogs and their human guardians competed in three weight divisions, based on the dog participant’s weight.

Winner of the under-20 pounds division was Abigail Barton; winner of the 20- to 50-pounds division was Morse Murdock; Lucia Pruzinsky won the over-50 pounds division.

Best owner-lookalike award went to Storm Trooper, Yoda, and Darth Vader.

Best Frisbee Catcher award went to Kendra Troy and Nicolas Clark.

Waggiest Tail award went to Annabelle Dykes, a spaniel dressed as a pirate.

Most Handsome award went to Takoda Larocque.

All event participants enjoyed pastries provided by Panera Bread and browsed the sponsors’ tables.

Amesbury Animal Hospital, Ants in Grass, Bowchies, Kurgo Pet Products, and Meghan Photography displayed their wonderful products along the finish line.

Rachel Holland, a licensed massage therapist, provided massages.

Jackie Potoqui, owner of Bartlett Cove Pet Grooming, served as event emcee.

Many thanks to our other sponsors: Greater Boston Running Company, Village Pet, Coco’s Critters, and the Natural Dog and to the Newburyport Parks Commission.

Thanks also to the event’s costume and pet show judges: city councilors Ari Herzog; Bob Cronin and his wife, Sue; Tom Jones and his wife, Terry Berns; and Allison Heartquist.

All profits from this race will directly support the Newburyport Parks and local charities.

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