Monster Mutt Dash

The annual Halloween-themed “Monster Mutt Dash,” a dog friendly 5K and 1 mile walk, brought in a packed crowd of runners and dog lovers all out to support the Berea Animal Rescue Fund this past weekend.

According to Juleen Russell, Marketing/Public Relations for the Berea ARF, the event broke attendance records this year, with 974 walkers/runners – 224 more than last year. Since I haven’t been able to train my dog to be a runner, I was excited to take part in the event as part of the one-mile walk. The runners and walkers all lined up together, which seemed a little chaotic to me, but most of the walkers from what I could tell were smart enough to head toward the back of the pack to let the runners go first. My sister, who does not own a dog, did the 5K and said that it wasn’t that crowded really. Most of the runners around her didn’t have dogs, so there was a lot of space to run.

There was also a lot of good Halloween costumes, which made the walk especially fun. Hunter and I enjoyed walking next to this cute costumed dog. I think Hunter thought his costume meant he should race him.

The event also featured a Howl-O-Ween after party featuring vendors, dog activities and a pet costume contest. The after party had some fun games I haven’t seen at other events, including bobbing for treats and musical hoops. Hunter especially enjoyed the bobbing for treats.

Organizers are still running the numbers, but they are currently at 53% of their goal of $15,000, according to Russell. The fund raising page will be up until Nov. 12, which means there’s still time in case you would like to donate. Visit the fund raising page for more details:

All in all it was a fun day at the Monster Mutt Dash. My sister and I decided this will be an annual event for us. I’m already starting my training for Hunter to do his first 5K at next year’s event!

CLE Dog Runs

One of the things I’ve tried to wear out my very active dog is running together. The time I got him to run 2 miles with me was one of my favorite days ever. Of course, it hasn’t happened again, but I’m hopeful! When your dog likes to sniff every last blade of grass and say hi to everyone he passes, getting him to run for more than a minute can be challenging.

I’ve found several dog-friendly races this summer to inspire me to train my dog to be a runner. These events have been added to the calendar – check it out for more info, along with info on other CLE dog events this summer:!CAKE-GALLERY/cwvn

Saturday July 6
Muddy Paws 10 Mile Run, 5 Mile Run, 2 Mile Dog Run

Satuday July 20
Dirty Dog Run, Walk or Wash – 5K run, 1 mile dog run
Avon Lake

Saturday Sept. 21
Nature Center Hike & Run – 1-Mile Pet Friendly Hike for Families Hike along the Nature Center trails
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Sunday Sept. 29
16th Annual Tom Madzy Short Run and Family Dog Walk

Sunday Oct. 13
Berea ARF’s MONSTER MUTT DASH –  Pets can participate in both the race and afterparty event.

Saturday Nov. 2
Eaton-Euclid 5K Walk/Run and 1.5-Mile Doggie Dash – special awards given to dogs

Know of any other dog friendly races? Send me an email at