Shelter Trek is the Oshkosh Area Humane Society's biggest fundraiser of the year, last year bringing in over $20,000 for the shelter. I was in attendence, of course, selling my catnip toys. Here are some photos I took of the dogs dressed up in their costumes and the rest of the event.
Here they go! The walkers are off! The walk is held in Menomonee Park each year; it's nice that the walkers can look out over Lake Winnebago as they stroll along with their pets.
These kiddie pools were supposed to be used as communal dog dishes, but I guess you can use it as a bath, too? He's a lab, he's just doing what comes naturally.
This little cutie came over by my booth to say, "hello." She wasn't feeling the headband but her human companion put it back on for the photo.
I don't really know what to say about this photo, except... you knew you had to buy a costume big enough for a Great Dane, right? Maybe they don't make costumes that big.
Our friend Phil's dog, an American Eskimo. Isn't she cute?
This was my favorite costume. Let's just say this little Corgi was laying down most of the time. The shark outfit was extremely ironic.
Will I attend next year? Probably, but I might not attend as a vendor. Most people were fixated on their dogs, so there weren't many people that wanted to bring home a souvenir for their cats. We'll see. :o)
This weekend definitely flew by. I was anxiously anticipating this event for the past few weeks as the planning my husband and his friends have been doing grew increasingly hurried and intense.
I woke up on Saturday at 7:30, made cinnamon rolls for the crew of organizers, planners and helpers, and I didn't slow down until the event was over at midnight that evening. It was fun getting to help out in such a wide variety of capacities. I was a greeter, planner, interior designer, ice-fetcher, photographer...
The event was an enormous success! We had over 200 people in attendance and raised almost $900 for Time Cinema.
My favorite part of the evening had to be seeing these catnip toys go to a good home. To make sure they went to someone with a feline companion, they were given out as a prize for a trivia contest, but only cat owners were allowed to participate. The young woman that ended up winning (pictured above, by Lee Marohn) was dressed up as a zombie that was eaten by her cats; I couldn't imagine a more appropriate winner for my chainsaw, molotov cocktail and med pack survival kit.