The event took place last weekend (31st of March) for the third year running.
By, 3 Apr 2019
If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know we are an animal-loving company that shares news about and promotes health and welfare for our beloved pets. Based in France, we organise a large event, known as Wamiz Run, in Paris every year that all our European friends are welcome to join!
Over 1500 dogs, accompanied by their owners, attended the event on the Esplanade Saint-Louis, in front of the Chateau de Vincennes.
All for a good cause
Wamiz Run’s main goal is to raise money for the ‘Chiens Guides Paris’, the Guide Dogs Association for the Blind here in Paris.
The main event is the Cani-Cross, in which owners race with their dogs over a 4.5 mile course. The winner this year, accompanied by his wonderful German Short-haired Pointer, made it past the finish line in just 18 minutes!
But you don’t have to be an athlete to participate in the event. Later in the day, there was a Cani-Walk, a much more laid-back 2.5 mile stroll for which owners and their dogs could also be sponsored to raise money for the charity.
Something for everyone
Any dog-lover and/or owner is sure to want to attend, with everything dog-related being on show throughout the day. From dog first-aid demonstrations, to agility, to canine free-styling, to fun photo-booths and a canine caricaturist – Wamiz Run has it all.
Even famous pups had to show up for the event
They participated in the run and walk to raise money for the charity, but most notably, they took part in a Blind Walk! Owners were blind-folded and had to take their dogs for a walk through a challenging course which included un-even ground and slaloms.
At the end of the walk, they had to brush their dogs and serve them water in a bowl – all of this while still being blindfolded! The point was to raise awareness on the difficulties blind people face on a day-to-day basis when taking care of their seeing-eye dogs.
Doggy influencers included Malcolm The Akita, Mulan the Cocker Spaniel, and even Marcel le Corgi, who came to visit us all the way from London! A personal victory for me – as I’ve been following this fluffy corgi’s adventures for the past three years. Marcel and his ‘Maman’ did brilliantly - no-one was driven straight into a tree!
We were sad to see them go, as they returned to London just the next day, but boy was it nice to get a little taste of the UK in our French event! We hope to see Marcel le Corgi and his lovely owner again next year!
The event was a success and we’re already impatient for next year’s to come! Hopefully you’ll be able to make it too!