DogFest Walk ‘n Roll

x_dogfest2Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) will host a tail-waggin’ good time at DogFest Walk ‘n Roll San Diego on Oct. 21 in NTC Park at Liberty Station. The walk is a national signature event of CCI, and helps raise money to provide highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities. DogFest San Diego will include a scenic, fully accessible, 1.2-mile dog walk followed by a celebration with dog and family-friendly activities. Enjoy music, games, amazing dog demonstrations, presentations by assistance dog recipients, and more.

One assistance dog recipient, a 10-year-old Carlsbad resident named Nicholas, has seen life-changing benefits from his skilled companion Hemera. Nicholas’ mom Christa, the publicity chair for DogFest San Diego, shared her family’s experience. “Nicholas was diagnosed with autism at three years old, and now, at 10 years old, he has Hemera to bring him out of his shell. He is an amazing artist, but having Hemera to help him engage and be active is perfect. He is so connected with her and already talks more! She brings a smile to his face every morning.” 2017 DogFest events have a goal to raise $1.45 million to place assistance dogs free of charge with people like Nicholas who need them. Volunteer or register at cci.org/DogFestSanDiego.