HOGS and dogs turned up the heat for fundraiser

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July 10, 2014 11:06 AM

The SPCA and the local Harley Davidson owners club have a good relationship and it is now a tradition for the club to have an annual fundraiser for the SPCA. On July 5, in the Atco Electric parking lot, tents were set up and a pancake brunch with coffee was enjoyed by many. Many of the club members practically took turns visiting with Cade and Lou who were a little damp. That didn't stop their tails from wagging or take the smiles off their faces. - Tom Pierson Photo

It took a hardy bunch of Harley-Davidson riders and a couple of friendly dogs to provide the warmth and sunshine at Atco Electric Saturday morning, July 5, for the annual HOGS for Dogs fundraiser in support of the SPCA.

Despite the rain and wind, a good number of people came out to meet Cade and Lou, two of the SPCA’s finest, and enjoy a pancake brunch with hot Tim Hortons coffee. After a good feed and visit, the weather cleared just in time for the riders to enjoy the planned loop to Vermilion.

“We do this to raise money for the SPCA, we helped putting the ride portion of this day together and the show ‘n shine.” said Bordertown HOG Chapter member Cam Anderson, who also has a new position. “I’m new this year on the board (of the SPCA). I’m very excited about it with the new building coming and everything else, it’s very exciting.”

For the weather being what it was, “It’s excellent. I am very pleased with it so far,” said Anderson. The ride was originally scheduled to take three hours. As luck would have it, the rain stayed away long enough for them to ride the full circuit.

Commenting on the dogs, “Being strays they are doing excellent, they are enjoying the day and all the attention they’re getting,” said Anderson. As far as the brunch was concerned, “Atco Electric did an awesome job with the breakfast.”

Anderson’s final thought on HOGS for Dogs, “I am hoping that we can continue. We’ve had some very good support and large donations this year. I am hoping that it grows bigger and bigger every year, and maybe next year we won’t have the rain.”

“This event is so much fun and we get such great support from the community,” said Jenny Miiller, SPCA’s funding and communications co-ordinator. “We do have a little bit of a damper with the weather this year, as we had last year.”

The weather did clear and spirits were high.

“The dogs always love to have an outing from the SPCA,” said Miiller.

She said they brought dogs that really thrive in a crowd atmosphere.

“It’s been really great to have the dogs we brought out here today because they are just enjoying to have all the visiting and people are taking them for walks,” she said.

Cade is a relative newcomer to the SPCA while Lou has been around for awhile. It has become apparent that these two guys are now best buds, and that only made the day more enjoyable for the pair.

Miiller was gushing about how great Atco Electric treated the SPCA and provided the use of their yard and bays to keep people dry and also by volunteering. “They are out here to support us and it is so fantastic,” said Miller.

“I would like to thank the Bordertown HOG Chapter,” said Miiller. “The HOG Chapter in Lloydminster helps the SPCA put this event on. They are a big part of this event, and we can’t thank them enough.”

Being that this was a fundraising event, Miiller was pleased to report that they raised a total net revenue of $6,072.75.

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