Parade Your Pooch

Spend the first Sunday of the fall season enjoying the day with your dog(s) in beautiful Busse Woods (Grove 27) in Elk Grove Village, IL, by coming to the As Good as Gold (AGaG) Parade Your Pooch All-Breed Fun Walk and Annual Picnic on September 25th!  This event promises to be a fun-filled day with many activities that everyone can enjoy.

pooch-2016-01Start your day with the walk that begins at 9:30 a.m. with in-person registration at 8:30 a.m.  During the walk some light refreshments will be available at the shelter table to help the walkers stay hydrated and energized.  Register now and save money!  Advance registration for an adult walker is $30 and $40 the day of the walk, which includes an adult t-shirt.

Following the walk from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., relax with your pup(s) at the annual AGaG picnic and connect with old friends or make new ones.  The picnic registration fee is $12.50 for adults and includes a delicious buffet lunch with Italian beef, fried chicken, salads, and more, served at the north end of the shelter area.  Go to for more information and to register.

Here is a line-up of some of the fun and exciting activities that will take place after the walk:

11:00 – 11:30 Explosive Detection Demo

U.S. Marshal Frank Kruchten and black Labrador Retriever Hope will show how specially trained dogs detect explosives.

11:30 – Until all are tested Canine Good Citizen Test

The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test (CGC) is a certification program that evaluates dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. There is a $10 fee to register for the test (members can get it for free by entering a special code that was in the 8/29 member newsletter) and any dog is eligible to take the CGC test. Testing takes place at 20 minute intervals, so sign-up for your time slot at the Canine Good Citizen Massage tent.

11:30 – 2:30 pooch-2016-02Photos with Your Dog

Exquisite photos of you, your family and dog are taken against a fall background of hay bales, pumpkins and mums for a $5 AGaG donation.

11:30 – 2:30 Dog Grooming Demo and Nail Clipping

Jackie King of Partners and Paws Veterinary Services will demonstrate dog grooming skills and clip nails for a $5 AGaG donation.

11:30 – 3:00 pooch-2016-03Dog Massage

Expert JoAnne Dykhuizen offers individual dog massages for a $5 AGaG donation. Sign-up at the Dog Massage/Canine Good Citizen tent.

12:00 – 12:15 Frisbee/Agility Demos

Dr. Jennifer Wahlund with her Border Collie, Banner, will demonstrate Frisbee and Agility skills.

12:15 – 1:00 Rally Obedience Demo

Emily Hilgenberg with Keeva and Marlene Pedone with Jackson will demonstrate Rally Obedience, a fun and exciting team sport for dogs and their handlers. Dog and handler teams navigate a course at a brisk, continuous pace, with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform.  It’s a fun test of obedience and the trust in the relationship between dog and handler.  After the demonstration, you can try it with your dog.

1:15 – 1:45 pooch-2016-04Teach your dog a couple new tricks

An amazing trickster dog will blow your mind with cool tricks your dog can learn.

1:45 – 2:00 Dog Trick Contest

Now it’s your turn. Show off the tricks your dog has learned and win a prize!

In addition, between 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Thomas’ Tails and Crystal’s Canine Delights will offer an incredible assortment of dog products including high quality canine food and artful dog specialty products such as collars and leashes.  As Good as Gold merchandise will also be for sale including some new items!  Information on Fostering, Adoption, and Membership will be available at the AGaG information table in the shelter area between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

In the past 13 years, As Good as Gold has saved over 2,200 dogs in need; this walk takes a big step forward to help many more.  We have also initiated an on-line giving program to help increase our fundraising efforts.  Donations can be made individually or allocated to a team.  Visit the Parade Your Pooch site and click on the “Create Your Fundraising” tab on the left to create a page or select the “Find a Team or Individual” tab to donate.  For information on the three levels of Sponsorship opportunities available, click the Sponsorship tab.

There are less than two weeks left to reach our goal.  So don’t hesitate and register today to join us on September 25th and help AGaG rescue more unwanted or abandoned Goldens and Golden mixes!