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Dogs take a jog in Charles City

  • Nearly 100 dogs and their owners participated in the Eighth Annual PAWS Cedar Dog Jog 5K fundraiser Saturday morning. (Press photo James Grob)

  • Nearly 100 dogs and their owners participated in the Eighth Annual PAWS Cedar Dog Jog 5K fundraiser Saturday morning. (Press photo James Grob)

  • Nearly 100 dogs and their owners participated in the Eighth Annual PAWS Cedar Dog Jog 5K fundraiser Saturday morning. (Press photo James Grob)

  • Nearly 100 dogs and their owners participated in the Eighth Annual PAWS Cedar Dog Jog 5K fundraiser Saturday morning. (Press photo James Grob)

  • Nearly 100 dogs and their owners participated in the Eighth Annual PAWS Cedar Dog Jog 5K fundraiser Saturday morning. (Press photo James Grob)

  • Nearly 100 dogs and their owners participated in the Eighth Annual PAWS Cedar Dog Jog 5K fundraiser Saturday morning. (Press photo James Grob)

  • Nearly 100 dogs and their owners participated in the Eighth Annual PAWS Cedar Dog Jog 5K fundraiser Saturday morning. (Press photo James Grob)

  • Nearly 100 dogs and their owners participated in the Eighth Annual PAWS Cedar Dog Jog 5K fundraiser Saturday morning. (Press photo James Grob)

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

Close to 100 dogs and their owners took part in the Eighth Annual PAWS Cedar Dog Jog 5K fundraiser Saturday morning.

“We had a great turnout,” said PAWS Humane Society Director Julie Taylor. “It’s fun.”

She said about 80 people registered in advance, and “only a few didn’t make it,” despite some rainy weather early Saturday. She said about 15 more people registered at the start of the event.

The dog jog is one of the PAWS animal shelter’s main fundraisiers.

Entrants could also choose to partake in a shorter one-mile fun run. Microchipping was offered for a fee for any puppy or dog after the jog was complete.

The path of the run had some slight altercations this year.

“The route goes through Central Park so we could showcase downtown Charles City a little bit, to our visitors from out of town,” Taylor said.

Dogs and people of all ages, shapes and sizes seemed to enjoy the new route, complete with three water stops along the way.

Dogs received a colorful bandana for participating, and walkers received a water bottle and a T-shirt.

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