Paws in the Park 2012

Escondido Humane Society We had a great time at last year's Paws in the Park event, so we hope you'll join in the effort to help animals in San Diego!

WHAT is Paws in the Park? An annual fundraising event that involves a walk in the park and other fun activities for you and your dog(s) WHEN is it? Sunday, March 25, 2012 from 8am to noon WHERE is it? Kit Carson Park in Escondido, CA

The schedule is as follows:

8:00am : Registration and light breakfast, entertainment, and a special meet and greet 9:00am : Walk kickoff! 10:15am : Contests for you and your dog, including Canine Couture (come dressed to impress) and a Wet T-Shirt Contest (for the dogs, of course!) 11:00am - noon : Entertainment, giveaways, raffle, games, contests, pet confidence-building course and shopping at the Paw Vendor Expo, which will include such vendors as Scentsy, K-9 Dog Park and The Honest Kitchen!

So sign up, raise money (it doesn't have to be a lot), then take a walk in a park with your pet(s)! Super easy and always fun.

REGISTER HERE and you'll be set up with a free web page to help you in your fundraising efforts. We understand it's not the easiest thing to hit up friends and family for cash, but you'll be surprised how happy people will be to help. (Last year, we doubled our goal within the first few days of signing up.)

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Why we support EHS:

In July of 2010, we signed up to foster a dog from the Escondido Humane Society. Her name was Nani (pronounced naw-nee), and she was a 6-year-old pit bull mix with a LOT of issues. She was so stressed out at the shelter that she had to be placed in foster care. When we met her for the first time, she hid behind a chair and trembled, avoiding eye contact and refusing to eat the treats in our hands. As owners of a boisterous, attention-hogging, people-loving pure bred golden retriever, Nani's behavior was BAFFLING...until we learned about her situation. Apparently, she was found wandering the streets of San Marcos with another pit bull. Upon arriving at the shelter, two things happened: her companion was put to sleep (due to his aggressive behavior), and her unborn pups were aborted (due to fear they had parvo). Needless to say, she was traumatized. Pack that on to a history of abuse. Fast forward to now...Nani is still learning to trust strangers and new dogs, but in the comfort and safety of our home, you would have no idea she's had such a rough past. Last year, during our walk at Paws in the Park, we ran into Nani's original foster family (including her favorite chihuahua). She was SO excited to see them she jumped into their arms and licked their faces clean. We joined the other group for the rest of the walk, and it was so wonderful to watch her act like a normal dog!

Anyway, if you were curious about the mysterious dog that appears everywhere, it's Nani!

Nani's Custom Dog Portrait