Corvallis event shows outdoor adventures aren’t just for two-legged people | Local
For many dog owners, a dog is the perfect symbol of unconditional love. Intelligent, curious and ever loyal, this clumsy four-legged creature gives freely with no strings attached.
Those who have a canine companion also know that dogs, endowed with boundless energy, require a lot of physical activity. However, full-time jobs, family, and other commitments can often make it difficult to give a dog the exercise he needs.
Last weekend, Peak Sports presented a solution to this challenge with its “Adventure Week with Dogs,” an event aimed at educating dog owners on the best ways to spend quality time outdoors. air with their furry friends.
“We really love dogs here at Peak Sports,” said Jim Blount, General Manager. “We’re an outdoor company and we promote outdoor adventures, so it’s only natural for dogs to join you.”
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This event was the first dog-focused event Corvallis’ Outdoor Shop has held, except for a small-scale adoption with Heartland Humane Society in 2019. It was there that Blount found his lifelong friend. Charlie, a tan and white Aussie mix who is the face of several Peak Sports marketing campaigns today.
“We have a lot of dogs that work at the store, but a lot of them come to visit as well,” he said. “So we thought it would be a good idea to celebrate that.”
The fun began on Friday, August 26 with an Adventure Dog First Aid Clinic that taught participants how to put together a dog first aid kit and treat any injuries their pup might get on the trail.
On Saturday, August 27, the Heartland Humane Society returned to host an adoption event in the morning, with a paddleboard workshop taught by Wonder Dogs Training and a K9 search and rescue demonstration that followed in the afternoon.
“I thought it was a fun event, and I definitely hope they do it again,” said Wendy McIlroy, VMD and co-founder of Region 3 K9 Search and Rescue, which operates under the sheriff’s office in the Benton County. “We like to make sure the community knows we’re there to help if someone goes missing.”
Hannah Agnew-Svoboda, manager of the Heartland Humane Society shelter, said it was “a great time” to be in the community and socialize dogs outside of the shelter. Of the five dogs they brought to the adoption event, two were adopted, she said.
“Across the country, there is such an influx of animals into the shelter, and the number of adoptions has gone down,” she said. “So whenever I have the opportunity to give additional exposure, I’m really grateful.”
Agnew-Svoboda added that Peak Sports “always makes it so easy” with their genuine passion for the care and keeping of dogs.
Along with educational workshops, the event featured coloring, photo and spin-the-wheel contests to enter, with prizes such as harnesses and organic dog treats donated by Ruffwear and Penny Bites.
Blount said the event received “a lot of good and positive responses” and that in the future he hopes to attract more community outdoor organizations and offer more clinics.
“I think we’re going to make it an annual event,” he said. “It’s cool to see how far you can go on an adventure with your dog.”