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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

K9 Keg Pull at the Sandpoint Winter Carnival

k9 keg pull sandpoint idaho winter carnival || chestnut mocha blog
k9 keg pull sandpoint idaho winter carnival || chestnut mocha blog
k9 keg pull sandpoint idaho winter carnival || chestnut mocha blog
k9 keg pull sandpoint idaho winter carnival || chestnut mocha blog
k9 keg pull sandpoint idaho winter carnival || chestnut mocha blog
k9 keg pull sandpoint idaho winter carnival || chestnut mocha blog
k9 keg pull sandpoint idaho winter carnival || chestnut mocha blog
k9 keg pull sandpoint idaho winter carnival || chestnut mocha blog
k9 keg pull sandpoint idaho winter carnival || chestnut mocha blog

Have you ever heard of a "Canine Keg Pull"? I hadn't until I moved to Sandpoint. It's an annual event here that's fun for local dogs, their owners and everyone who is up on Sunday morning in February to watch! Dogs of all shapes and sizes participate in the event pulling appropriately sized “kegs”: the big dogs pull (empty) kegs, while the little ones pull beer cans. All entry fee proceeds go to the local animal shelter.

Ben and I got up pretty early for Sunday and first headed downtown to have breakfast with Ben's mom. We went to the Readery - one of the rare places in Sandpoint that is wisely open on the weekends. I had eggs Benedict, Ben had a breakfast burrito and his mom has a sandwich. I really liked their coffee.  I had my first cappuccino in 6 months, it was pretty strong, and good. 

After the breakfast we walked a few blocks up and joined the crowd at the race.

This morning on Facebook, somebody commented that the keg pull is cruel to the dogs... Later many more people replied saying that their dogs participated and they all had fun and got toys and treats at the finish line. I personally didn't feel it was cruel. It's all for fun and there's no pressure. Some of the dogs got really pumped up at the start and ran so fast that the MC had to warn people to step away from the tracks. Other pups were more interested in the crowd and the other dogs, they would stop in the middle and go say "Hi!" to everyone.  Either way it's OK.  Also, there were no dog fights or any conflicts at all, which was kind of surprising because there were so many dogs there. What do you think? Would you participate? 

12 comments:

Robin said...

I don't think it's cruel as long as the kegs/cans aren't heavy. The dogs in the pictures seem to be having a fun time.

Angel said...

What, it looks like so much fun and the dogs get a nice work out. If something like this was happening in my area I would totally go sign my dog up. I think he'd be one of the dogs that stops half way to say hi to people though.

Sarah said...

I would DIE with how adorable this is!!!!!!! I'd love to go to this little event.

Katia said...

Oh my god CUUUUTE my heart just melted at that little guy with the beer can hahahahaah SO adorable, and funny, and such a weird tradition but so great!


xo
http://kittysnooks.blogspot.ca/

Natalie said...

How cute! And fun! If I had a dog that could participate I definitely would!

Betty said...

This looks like such a fun event. We'll have to head up next year! And good to know about the breakfast spot...I was surprised how many places were closed weekend mornings in Sandpoint when we were there last month!

Amy said...

This is the best idea EVER!!!! So cute and what a great way to raise money for local shelters!!!

andrea brionne said...

oh my goodness! this is the cutest thing ever. man, now i want to go see it for myself! :)

andrea brionne
@himandher-blog.com

The Adventurer said...

This is brilliant. Simply brilliant!!

Mat said...

bless those little ones

Benlovesting said...

Oh my this so freaking adorable!! X

Audrey said...

I live in Sandpoint, and wish I had gone to this last weekend! I also recently moved here, and just started a blog. http://anaudblog.blogspot.com/

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