Time for fun at Wig­gle Wag­gle Walkathon again

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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPOSTER - JBJ REPORTER

IT’S SUM­MER, so dig out your walk­ing shoes, pull out the leads and bring your dogs to Cape Town’s top pet event and join hun­dreds of other peo­ple and their pets at the SPCA MyPlanet Wig­gle Wag­gle Walkathon tomorrow.

And you don’t have to have a pet to join in the fun – you can just come along for the walk.

This year’s dog walk takes place at the Cape Academy of Maths, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy in Fir­grove Way, Tokai.

The pop­u­lar char­ity walk is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary this year. It at­tracts thou­sands of walk­ers and their dogs – of all shapes, sizes and breeds – who put their best foot and paw for­ward in sup­port of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

Last year 1 300 dogs and 2 000 walk­ers took part.

Or­gan­is­ers say

they

are ex­pect­ing even more peo­ple and their dogs to take part this year.

“The event hon­ours the close bond be­tween owner and dog and pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for dog own­ers to spend qual­ity fun time with their furry friends. Peo­ple travel from far and wide to take part in the walk and we are al­ways ex­tremely touched by the love they have for their pets, as well as the loyal sup­port shown to the SPCA,” says SPCA event or­gan­iser Juan Au­gust.

Tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Tracey Lange and me­dia per­son­al­ity Cato Bekker, who are also both DJ’s on me­dia part­ner Smile 90.4 FM, will keep the crowds en­ter­tained on the day.

Be­fore and af­ter the event there will be a wide va­ri­ety of food and cold drinks for sale.

The pop­u­lar Wig­gle Wag­gle Christ­mas Mar­ket also re­turns with lots of good­ies for you and your pet.

There will be plenty of en­ter­tain­ment too. There will be face­paint­ing, a bal­loon twister, a stilt walker, a jump­ing cas­tle, colour- ing-in com­pe­ti­tions, a PlayS­ta­tion/ gam­ing sta­tion, and, if they’re re­ally good, Fa­ther Christ­mas might come around to hand out sweets.

There will be plenty of wa­ter points for dogs and their own­ers lo­cated along the route. Mar­shalls and traf­fic of­fi­cials will en­sure the safety of the walk­ers and med­i­cal and vet crews will be pro­vided by the SPCA to en­sure ev­ery­one crosses the fin­ish line in good shape.

Pup­pies younger than four months are not al­lowed to take part and own­ers of short-nose breeds (like bull­dogs and pugs) and those with older dogs with joint prob­lems are also cau­tioned to consult their vets be­fore com­mit­ting to tak­ing part in the walk.

En­tries on the day of the event will open at 7am and cost R40 a per­son and R30 a dog.

Chil­dren in prams par­tic­i­pate at no cost.

All funds raised from en­tries will go to help­ing the SPCA pre­vent an­i­mal cru­elty dur­ing the up­com­ing fes­tive sea­son.

En­ter online at www.spca-ct.ca, or down­load the en­try form from the same web­site and send the com­pleted form by e-mail to www. sp­cact.co.za or call the CoGH SPCA at 021 700 4141/80.

CUTIES: John Kohn and Ot­tie. FRIENDS: Mau­rice Car­pede and Jack.

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