Calling all dogs

The weather is finally starting to warm up and give us a true taste of spring. If you plan on taking your pup outdoors this weekend to enjoy the weather, be sure to stop by the St. Patrick's Day themed "Irish Paws 2009" held at Hicks Park Recreation Center, 3443 S. Mingo Road.  The annual event has become a favorite for all dogs (and their owners) who attend, some even showing up in costume. Activities this year will include the first annual "Dog Jog" - a one-mile fun run for dogs and their owners. Run registration, which begins at 10 a.m. on the day of the event, is $10 and includes a t-shirt and doggie bandana. Local pet-related businesses will be in attendance as well as dog rescue organizations offering pet adoptions. Should you feel inclined, patrons are encouraged to bring a canned pet food item to benefit Tulsa charities. Activities (other than the run) are free and open to the public.  Leash laws will be enforced. For more information, contact the Hicks Park staff at 669-6355. 

- Kendall Barrow, lifestyle editor

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