PASO ROBLES — For the ninth year in a row dogs of all shapes and sizes gathered for a brisk walk or jog through the vineyard of Paso Robles during the annual Dog Jog event Saturday.
For the second year in a row, the event took place at Vina Robles Vineyards, featuring dog-related vendors, entertainment by the Rag Bone Saints Jazz Band and 2K and 5K race courses, all benefitting local nonprofit Sherwin Dog Park.
Sherwin Dog Park board member Dee King said that the dog park is not maintained by the city, but is instead funded through memberships and the annual Dog Jog fundraiser, which usually brings in around $3,000.
“Much to people’s surprise, there’s a lot of maintenance to the park,” she said. “We either have to plant trees or repair fences… we have a big item every year that we try to put the money back into the park like shade structures so they can be comfortable when they go there with their dog, and of course, poop bags. Those are a big expense — we spend about $650 per year just for poop bags.”
The “race” is just for fun and is not competitive, King said, adding that each participant gets a goodie bag and a participation medal.
Paso Robles residents Jay and Amber Ford brought their border collie Reggie to the event for the first time Saturday and said that they plan to make it an annual tradition.
“I think it’s fabulous,” Amber Ford said. “I think for the collection of all these dogs everybody’s getting along wonderfully. My husband was worried about if he was going to have to jog, but the happiness is that we can just walk with the dog.”