On Sunday 18 March 2012, the vineyards at Nitída Cellars will be buzzing as dog lovers and their four-legged friends get ready to ‘wiggle waggle’ in the Durbanville wine valley. The third annual SPCA Purina Woefie-Wandel event gives participants the choice of a family-friendly 2km meander through the low lying vineyards or a slightly more challenging 4km route, which is ideal for fitter dogs and walkers.
The Woefie-Wandel walk is based on the popular Wiggle Waggle walk which takes place every year in Tokai in the southern suburbs. The aim of this year’s event is to raise funds for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and to support efforts to establish a much needed satellite centre in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. The event is made possible with the sponsorship of leading pet food company Purina and also retail giant Pick n Pay.
Big Brother winner Ferdinand Rabie will be on lucky draw duty on the day, giving out hampers and gift vouchers from Purina and Pick n Pay. Cassia restaurant will be selling food and beverages before and after the walk, as well as picnics which can be pre-ordered in advance. For more information on the picnics, email email@example.com. In addition, there’ll be entertainment for the little ones and the SPCA Vetshop and Purina will both have stands setup selling a variety of goodies for your dogs.
Remember that the walk is an off-road one, so make sure that you wear suitable walking shoes on the day. The organisers urge owners to exercise caution with their dogs, especially with short-nose breeds like bulldogs and pugs and also older dogs, where it’s best to consult a veterinarian before deciding to take on the walk. Puppies under four months old are not allowed to take part and large breed dogs of 18 months and younger should rather walk the shorter 2km distance, to avoid putting pressure on growth plates and joints.
There will be water points all along both routes and SPCA inspectors and animal welfare assistants will be on standby to help out with any problems. The walk starts at 09h00, so be there bright and early.
You can pre-register online at www.spca-ct.co.za or alternatively pick up an entry form at selected northern suburbs Pick n Pay stores, local veterinarians, the SPCA in Grassy Park or the SPCA Vet Shop in Plumstead. If you pre-register, the cost is R35 per person and R25 per dog. If you register on the day (from 07h00 in the morning), the cost is R40 per person and R30 per dog. There’s no charge for children in prams.
If you’d like more information on the routes, venue or registration details, visit www.spca-ct.co.za. Go on and support this good cause and have fun!