Helping Works

Dog lovers, unite! Super-fun fundraiser See Spot Walk is upon us again.

Have fun and raise money for homeless animals at See Spot Walk on Saturday, Oct. 6, which draws more than 3,000 dogs and their humans each year.
Have fun and raise money for homeless animals at See Spot Walk on Saturday, Oct. 6, which draws more than 3,000 dogs and their humans each year. Courtesy of Idaho Humane Society

The weather has been glorious lately, so why not enjoy some outdoor time with your doggy before we blink and winter is here?

And I have the perfect outing for y’all. It’s a fun run ... it’s a festival ... it’s a fundraiser.

This trifecta of awesomeness is none other than See Spot Walk on Saturday, Oct. 6 — one of the Idaho Humane Society’s biggest fundraisers of the year.

The 26th annual event features a one-mile dog walk at 10 a.m. through Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.

And new this year is a 5k fun run, which will start at 9 a.m. (partake with or without your furry buddy).

There will also be more than 80 dog-related vendors, demonstrations, food trucks, a beer garden and contests.

Imagine getting first place in the Best Owner/Dog Costume contest, or Sparky being the first pooch to lick his spoon clean in the Sticky Licky Peanut Butter Challenge.

You not only get serious bragging rights, but the top three in each contest take home a medallion as well as a Zamzows gift certificate.

Cost is $30 per walker/runner and $15 for children 12 and younger. Teams of four or more are $25 per person. Fees include one dog bandanna. Purchase others for additional dogs you bring for $3 each.

Registration and more information are available at

One-day bike drive benefits Boise Bicycle Project

Have you been meaning to donate that extra bike in your garage? Let Primary Health make it easy!

Bring your unneeded bicycles to any Primary Health Urgent Care clinic on Saturday, Sept. 29, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., where they will be handed over to the Boise Bicycle Project to be refurbished and distributed to those in need.

Bikes of any type, size and condition are welcome. Tax receipts will be available for donors.

Primary Health has clinics in 17 locations in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Garden City, Nampa and Caldwell. Find your drop-off spot at

Take your taste buds on a ride

If you enjoy a good dare, perhaps the Trailhead Challenge is for you.

Through Sunday, Sept. 30, visit the Trailhead Ice location at 303 E. 34th St., Garden City, and order the Trailhead Challenge.

It consists of three Italian ice flavors: bitter pine park, extreme sour wild berry, and desert heat ghost pepper. Mmmmm!

It will cost you $5, with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the Idaho Trails Association, a nonprofit that brings citizens together for stewardship projects to help maintain Idaho trails.

But the dare doesn’t just stop there.

Take a video/picture of the challenge and post it to your social media of choice to help raise awareness, and show the posted video/picture to a Trailhead Ice employee to receive a free small Italian ice.

For more information, go to

Michelle Jenkins: 208-377-6451