Don’t get caught barking up the wrong tree. Join “top dog” sponsor Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and “leader of the pack” sponsors Sunoco Logistics, Sienna Plantation, and Travis’ Red Bandana Brigade, plus Spokesdogs Annie and Lilly, for Fort Bend Cares 4th Annual Doggone Fun Run on Saturday, April 22, at the Village of Sawmill Lake in Sienna Plantation.
Spokesdogs Annie and Lilly aren’t just cute, they are specially trained therapy dogs that have provided over 300 hours of emotional support and smiles to patients at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Owners of these adorable and hardworking Shih Tzus are Mike and Linda Ruggeroli of Richmond. Lilly, now five, has served as a pet therapy dog since she was four months old. Annie, now three, joined the family and also passed therapy training with flying colors. Annie and Lilly are no strangers to cuddles, so if you see them at the Doggone Fun Run show them some love.
Both Annie and Lilly are “pawsitively” proud to help spread the word about Fort Bend Cares Doggone Fun Run to raise funds to support nonprofit organizations that serve to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. The Doggone Fun Run includes a competitive chip timed 5K Run (without dogs) and a 5K Run and a one-mile Fun Run/Walk (with or without dogs), so there is something for every person and pup! There will be medals for age group winners of the competitive 5K Run along with prizes for winners of the “canine costume competition.” Come early to check out vendor booths and meet the vets from Animal Planet’s “The Vet Life” and stay late to enjoy canine friendly activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sienna Plantations’ Canine Carnival.
Entry fee for the 5K and one-mile run/walk is $30 for people ages 12 and up until April 10. Group entry fee for the one-mile run/walk for one child and one adult is $30 until April 10 and each additional child is $10. Fees increase to $35 for registration after April 10. Event swag includes a t-shirt and dog bandana while supplies last. Dog owners must ensure canine participants have a current rabies vaccine and are on a non-retractable leash.