|Humans and their canine companions can help raise money to build a War Dog Memorial Dog Park in Knoxville simply by strolling around Pellissippi State Community College’s pond this Sunday.
Pellissippi State is partnering with PetSafe and other sponsors to host the Veterans Heritage Site Foundation War Dog Memorial March from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
Participants will walk their pooches on Pellissippi State’s 0.75-mile paved walking loop while learning about “war dogs” and Knoxville’s plan to honor them with a new dog park at Sharp’s Ridge Veterans Memorial Park.
Festivities begin at 2, with the walk starting at 2:30 p.m. This year’s grand marshal is Marine Corps War Dog Sgt. Rush, who has served six tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and participants are sure to spot several local celebrities, including Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr., walking dogs.
Young-Williams Animal Center will be on site with adoptable dogs and will be offering discounted vaccinations and microchipping. Participants are asked to bring a sack of dry dog food to support this local no-kill animal shelter.
Dress up your dog for a chance to win a prize for the “most patriotic” dog. The march also will feature a custom dog house auction and door prizes. Pellissippi State’s student club for veterans will be selling Sweet P’s barbecue sandwiches, mac ‘n cheese and banana pudding.
Register for the march here. Single dog registration is $20 while those bringing more than one dog may register for $15 each.
The registration fee includes an event bandana for your dog while matching event T-shirts are available for an additional cost. Registration ends Saturday, Nov. 2.
There’s also an opportunity, at the same link, to donate even if you can’t make the march. Donations will be accepted until Sunday, Nov. 3.
The VHSF War Dog Memorial March is sponsored by PetSafe & Radio Systems Corp., Young-Williams Animal Center, WIMZ 103.5 radio, Powell Animal Hospital, River Dog Bakery, Woodmen Life Chapter 803, Sweet P’s BBQ and Pellissippi Patriots, the student club for veterans.
Lesli Bales-Sherrod does marketing and writing for Pellissippi State Community College.