Friday, May 3, 2013

5k9 Walk Run for FitDog Friday!

This post is brought to you by FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop we co-host with SlimDoggy and Peggy's Pet Place to help promote a healthy active lifestyle for pets (and their people, too!) and to combat pet obesity. Read down for our Blog Hop and giveaway!

Last weekend we participated in a fun event that not only got Rocco and I off to a healthy start, but it also helped to raise funds for one of our local animal rescue organizations. I call that a win-win for efurryone! 

The Petco 5k9 Walk Run presented by Purina ProPlan is a national 1-mile and 5k run series open to both people and their pets.
We did the 5K but started near the back of the pack so that Rocco would have room to run!
The Atlanta race was last weekend, but there still are a few more events coming up this year in cities across the country. Look here for some upcoming events in Austin, San Francisco and Portland. 

This little guy stayed warm before the race start
The 5k9 series was formed by, LLC, a team of dog lovers who are world class coaches and IRONMAN triathlon champions. The series mission is to promote healthy and fit lifestyles across the country while raising funds for the Petco Foundation, which in turn utilizes the funds to assist with local animal welfare groups.

The rainy day didn't slow down any pups or dampen any spirits!
The 5k9 Walk Run event also features a health and fitness expo, providing a showcase for companies and organizations from both the health and pet industries.

Rocco met the fabulous Melissa Heeter who gave training tips and a disc dog demo!
Melissa and her pup Glory
The Atlanta 5k9 Walk Run raised awareness and funds for Forgotten Paws through the Petco Foundation, though many rescue organizations exhibited at the event, and not just for dogs and cats.

Sweet bunnies from The Rabbit Center
Even bunnies were represented from The Georgia House Rabbit Society, providing home-like shelter and adoption services for over 200 rescues domestic rabbits each year. 

In spite of the rain, we had a great time at the event and put in a full day of exercise before 9 a.m.! Be sure to check out the 5k9 Walk Run or other pet-friendly walk/run events in your area. 
Time for a bath, Rocco!

FitDog Friday Giveaways and Blog Hop

Our FitDog Friday co-hosts have been hosting fun prize giveaways for our Blog Hop participants the past few weeks. Starting this week, we are opening the giveaway to EVERYONE who READS the Hop posts too!

If you are a blogger, you can still link your FitDog Friday blog post to our Blog Hop and you are automatically entered into the giveaway. And now, if you are a READER of the Hop posts, you can also be entered if you leave a comment on one or all of our co-hosts posts -- SlimDoggy, Peggy's Pet Place and To Dog With Love!

Each comment (one each per co-host post) and each Blog Hop link counts as one entry, so you have many chances to win! (Winners will be chosen at random.)

Our prizes this week are:
  1. The Dog Diet by Patti Lawson and 1 bag of Hill's Sweet Potato & Pumpkin treats (donated by Patti)
  2. Dieting with My Dog bookmark
  3. SlimDoggy food scoop
You don't have to have a blog to join the Hop, all you have to do is read the posts and leave a comment or input on how YOU keep your pet fit. This is our way of encouraging everyone to read the tips and advice being provided so that we can keep our dogs in shape and help fight pet obesity!

Grab a badge from our sidebar and come on and join the FitDog Friday Blog Hop!


  1. Woof! Woof! Looks like the weather cooperated with the event. PAWsome to attend/partake in this kind of event. We are super excited as we are participating on a 5K this weekend. Happy FitDog Friday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  2. Rocco - nicely done. Nothing like a good hike to start the weekend & it looks like a really fun event.

  3. That does look really fun and there is one in Cascadia soon. Maybe we'll check it out. Thanks! (We hope you enjoyed your bath, Rocco.)

  4. What a fun event! Opps I forgot FitDog Friday this week...I better get my act together for next week!

  5. Looks like a great event...checked out the website and they don't have any in Florida :( Maybe next year

  6. We have similar events Down Under in Australia. We recently attended and photographed one in Port Douglas, Queensland which was raising money for a local animal shelter. It's a great opportunity for like-minded people and their pups to get together and get active. I recommend it for all dog-lovers.

  7. That looks like a lot of fun!!

  8. What a great Walk/Run Series - these races are staged at different spots across the U.S. Good way to get out and get some exercise and promote staying healthy with your dog!

  9. That looks so great! We hope the 5k9 comes to the DC area soon!!

  10. That's cute, 5K9! (took me a moment to get it. doh!) Rocco sure did get muddy, that must mean it was fun!

  11. Thanks for the photos of the walk. We have a Furry 5K here but I have never made it (hoping that this is our year) and don't recall seeing photos of the event anywhere. This gives me a feeling of what to expect.

  12. What a super event! I love these things that are fundraisers and fun too! Raising money, getting exercise, and seeing all the other dogs is always so great. We have one coming up in a couple weeks for our local humane society. It will be my first time going to this one, so I am really looking forward to it.

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