Who let the dogs out?
SNC hosted a nationwide event to raise money for trained service dogs
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Slobbery kisses and barks of excitement echoed across Patterson Lawn, where DogFest took place on Oct. 2. Walk n’ Roll took place. DogFest is a fundraising event put on by the nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), which assists people gaining their independence through the use of highly trained service dogs.
DogFest was planned and organized by co-chairs Dave and Judy Collins, SNC Director of Events Management, Kelly Dalisa, SNC interns and the support of the CCI headquarters. The honorary co-chairs, President Alan Walker and his wife, Deb, brought generous support to the festive day to celebrate all dogs.
“DogFest is an opportunity to celebrate all dogs and most particularly these special dogs that do so much for people with disabilities,” said Judy Collins. “DogFest brings together dog lovers, pet owners and people with disabilities to celebrate the magic of Canine Companions.”
Over 75 people and 50 dogs filled the SNC lawn. The DJ pumped doggie tunes as people walked around checking out different vendors. Dogs and owners were able to partake in different dog activities from nail clippings to fetch with tennis balls.
Junior Alex Hastings attended with her French bulldog, Duke. “It was fun to see the wide range of dogs,” said Hastings. “And the devotion of the people who drove from the Bay Area and Sacramento for the Canine Companions.”
CCI promotes healthy lives for both graduates and their owners. To help the cause, at each DogFest there is a walk for the dogs and the owners. These walks are accessible for everyone. President
Walker and his wife helped lead the walks.
CCI graduate dogs and their owners did live demonstrations of their daily tasks. The dogs are trained in 50 different skills when they graduate.
Prior to the day of DogFest, $20,000 was raised by online donors. At DogFest, over $1,000 was raised by donations and a raffle with the top prize being a dinner for two at the Lone Eagle Grille.
“The event was a dog-gone good time,” said Dalisa.