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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Running for A Furry Cause (Pet Express Doggie Run 2016)

Every year in a mid-March summer's day, all the doggies come out to play. Actually, more of a 1.5K, 3K, or 5K fun run! 

The annual Pet Express Doggie Run was held last weekend, and it was definitely a howling success! Now on its 6th year, around 1500 doggie runners turned up to run for PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society), and raise money for the animal shelter. 

The surprise guest was actor and dog lover, Gerald Anderson, who went straight from shooting to the starting line to represent the Gerald Anderson Foundation (GAF), a non-profit volunteer organization founded by him and his family, that trains pets to be K9 dogs for search & rescue missions. He was accompanied by his brother, Ken, who also ran with their dog, Koda.

Also sighted at the run were seldom-seen dog breeds like a sharpei, great dane, and a border collie, to name a few. (Sorry, no photos though.)

Aside from an over abundance of doggie rundorphins, all Doggie Run finishers earned doggie medals and doggie lootbags for a job well done. Their humans were also given treats. A first time for this canine-centric fun run! haha.  

Look who dropped by for the 5K run? Well, there's Gerald Anderson,
representing the Gerald Anderson Foundation...
And there's Jason, the Hush Puppies basset hound mascot! ;)
(betchadidn't know that's his real name!)
1.5K Doggie Runners ready to run!
It's Charlie the Choco Lab's first Doggie Run.
Good luck, Charlie!
It's Fergus the Aspin's first run too!
Cooling off after the run. That golden boy is loving it!
Raising funds for PAWS via racing. Now that's a win-win situation.
1.5K Category Winners.
It's amazing how those tiny chihuahua feet can run so fast!
3K Category Winners.
5K Category Winners.
Winners were accompanied by Ken Anderson (in blue cap) of the Gerald Anderson Foundation.

Missed the Doggie Run this year? No worries, just add Pet Express up on Facebook to keep tabs on all the dog (and cat) events, including next year's Doggie Run! :) 

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