Get that doggy leash out, put your walking shoes on, and put your best paw forward in this year’s bigger and better SPCA Purina Woefie Wandel – a 4km circular dog-walk that will see hundreds of dogs and their owners traversing the vineyards of D’Aria Wine Estate in Durbanville on Sunday March 30.
For the first time ever, walk organisers Cape of Good Hope SPCA and pet food company Purina, are excited to announce that not only will walkers get a morning of quality time with their dogs and family, but they will also be treated to a free mini-concert by one of South Africa’s top female singer-songwriters, Louise Carver who will perform a number of crowd favourites to end off the morning’s activities.
But that’s not all. This year’s event will be packed with entertainment for the whole family -the dogs from K9 Search and Rescue will show off their agility skills in a short performance after the walk, food vendors will provide eats and treats to keep hunger at bay, and the adults can relax with wine tasting from the D’Aria Wine Cellar while the kids enjoy jumping castles and face-painting.
“My love of animals goes back to early childhood, whereby my mother would include presents for our pets under the Christmas tree,” says animal-enthusiast Carver. “I also had birthday cards from the dogs, and remember that no Sunday was complete without a family dog walk along Noordhoek beach. I have one Scottish terrier, Elvis and a little rescue called Fern and they have been such loyal companions to me.”
Adding to the line-up will be young local up-and-coming comedians Dalin Oliver and Carl Weber, who will take on the role of MC’s for the morning.
Being an off-road country walk, the SPCA urges all entrants to wear proper walking shoes suitable for walking on dirt roads. “We also want to caution owners of short-nose breeds (i.e. bulldogs and pugs) and those with older dogs with joint problems, to consult their veterinarian before committing to take part in the walk.
Puppies under four months are not permitted to take part. Owners of large breed dogs 18 months or younger, should also consider walking a shorter distance which will be indicated along the route , as extended walking can put undue pressure on delicate skeletal structures and muscles and can impact their growth plates and affect joint development”, says CoGH SPCA Events Coordinator, Juan August.
Water and cool-off points for both dogs and owners will be available along the routes. SPCA Inspectors and Animal Welfare Assistants will be on hand to ensure human and canine walkers are kept safe along the routes.
How to enter:
Enter online at www.spca-ct.co.za/event.asp before March 28 for a discounted fee of R35 per adult and R25 per dog (or R40 per adult and R30 per dog on the day). Entry forms are also available at the CoGH SPCA vet shops in Plumstead and Grassy Park. Children in prams enter free of charge. Goodie bags are guaranteed for those who enter before 5pm on March 28.
Registration on the day opens at 7am and the walk will begin at 9am in staggered starts. Entertainment, dog agility show and prize giving will follow at 11am with the performance by Louise Carver ending the day at 12pm.
For more information, call 021 700 4141, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.