Wags for Wellness Walk: Dogs Take Brooklyn Bridge

Shamus PoolThe summer heat is a killer. Exercising our Newf is difficult with the constant threat of heat exhaustion. These days he mostly camps in front of the air conditioner and we’re sure to keep him well hydrated. We feed rehydrated food from The Honest Kitchen, keep large ceramic bowls filled with cool water, bring plenty of cool and clean drinking water when off to the lake for a swim, and watch for signs of distress. These details are important, not just for large woolly breeds, but for all dogs.

And folks are spreading the word…


Wags for Wellness Walk

Strut your mutt across the Brooklyn Bridge on August 13th, (heat index permitting, of course!) for a fabulously fun “Wags for Wellness Walk.” This two-mile fundraising dog walk aims to raise awareness for pet health as well as funds for two New York City-based non-profits: The Animal Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading researchers on animal wellness, and Animal Haven, who finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State area.

Come on down to The Salty Paw for the pre-event festivities and to meet lots of other dogs and pet parents. Then cross the Brooklyn Bridge and head to Hillside Dog Park for the “After Pawty.” There will be treats/refreshments, raffle prizes, as well as a special presentation by Andrea Arden of Animal Planet’s Underdog to Wonderdog and Director of Andrea Arden Dog Training.


Saturday, August 13th, 2011 – Start your walk anytime between 11-2PM (walk is 2 miles/approx 40 minutes) from The Salty Paw in the South Street Seaport, 38 Peck Slip, New York, NY 10038
The After Pawty at Hillside Dog Park, corner of Columbia Heights and Vine, Brooklyn Heights will be goin till’ the wee hours of the afternoon.


Pre-registration at Pawgua.com (Before August 6) : $20 per dog plus up to 4 two-legged friends
August 6 – Walk-up: $30


WW Sponsors

Join with sponsors from across the nation  The Salty Paw, Andrea Arden Dog TrainingThrow me a Bone NYCThe Honest Kitchen (rehydrated, human grade dog food), Pawgua (portable, resealable dog water bottles), Stella & Chewy’s and Rocco and Jezebel  for this fun family event!

Every dog that comes to the walk will get a doggie bag filled with a variety of items donated by these sponsors, plenty of food/treats, beverages, and attention from event volunteers (for dogs and their parents), as well as a raffle ticket for prizes!


If you aren’t local or can’t attend, simply remember the reason for the walk.
Our dogs – and all pets – rely on us to keep them healthy and safe.
For that, we earn their undying love.



  1. lopzebpacd0 says:
  2. I can relate to the keeping dogs cool thing Kim. Daisy and Jasper were lucky enough to be able top spend Saturday and Sunday and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at the lake. Otherwise it would have been camping out by the air vents for us. I hope your heat wave ends soon!

    I had not heard about the Wags for Wellness walk, but they sure do have some awesome sponsors! Very cool!

    Hope you have a great Saturday blog hop!

  3. I love this idea! We have to be pretty careful with my family’s dachshund — he’s a lot closer to the ground, so he feels the heat coming off of the pavement more than us. We always try to keep him cool and pay attention to if the pavement is too hot for his paws. I can imagine the Brooklyn Bridge might be a little bit far for him, but I’d imagine it’s a great experience. Enjoy, and welcome to the Livefyre network! We’re glad to have you. Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or feedback for us; we’d be happy to help.

  4. @MelF Ah, a lake! How divine! We took our guys for the first time together two weeks ago. We coaxed a reluctant Shamus in. For a Newf, he’s never crazy about submersion. The cool thing was learning that Emmett – the hound – can swim. Whether he likes it or not is questionable. We’ll try again soon. 🙂 Keep on keeping cool, Mel!

    As for the walk, we’re a bit far, but I love all these walk going on that you can do with your dog for charity. It’s win, win, win.

  5. @annedreshfield Having bigger dogs in the country grass, I never think about tiny dogs battling the urban island heat index. Great point. Thanks, Anne! I would hope the Brooklyn Bridge might offer a cool breeze.

    Thanks too for the welcome to Livefyre. Loving it so far!

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