|Neighbors gather for Dog-Walk Fest on Colmac Drive, Falls Church.|
Dog-Walk Fest, a community event organized by 7-year-old Hayley Teich, raised $622 for the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation.
About 30 dogs, and even more people, participated in the Sept. 29 fundraiser in the Ravenwood Park community near Seven Corners.
|The Teich family (left to right): Hayley, Zachary (in orange), Rob, Maxwell, Layla, and Mindi.|
|Everyone takes a walk together.|
Hayley, a second-grader at Bailey’s Elementary School, explained how she got the idea for Dog-Walk Fest: “I just got back from a walk with my dog, and I really like dogs. Our dog is from Lost Dog Rescue, so I thought maybe we should have a charity to raise money for rescue dogs.”
The people and dogs took a group walk, then competed for prizes—like doggie toys and treats—for the best dog trick, best-behaved dog, and cutest dog. There were drawings for prizes, too. The gifts were donated by the PetSmart on Route 50.
|Maxwell and Hayley Teich with Cody.|
Mindy, owned by Jana Dattilo and trained by Theresa Schwerin, won a prize for the best trick, while Cody, owned by Lisa Abbin, won in the best-behaved category. The judges, Hayley and her brothers, Maxwell and Zachary, couldn’t decide on a cutest dog, though. “They were all too cute,” said their father, Rob Teich.
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue saves dogs and cats from animal shelters, gets them neutered and spayed, takes care of their health issues, places them with foster families, and finds permanent homes for them. Animals with special needs live on the foundation’s farm in Summerduck, Va. Since the foundation was created in 2001 by Pamela McAlwee and Ross Underwood, the owners of the Lost Dog Café restaurants, it has found homes for 15,000 dogs and cats.