Fifth Annual Dog Trek set for Saturday, Sept. 9

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
Image for 2023 Dog Trek Press Release.

The 2023 Casper College T-Bird Dog Trek will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. The T-Bird Dog Trek is the lead-in event to the Annual T-Bird Trek on Sunday, Sept. 10.

For this year’s fifth annual event, the Casper College Veterans Club is partnering with Project Kenny of Casper. “Project Kenny trains service dogs for veterans. The dogs are trained primarily to interrupt and help with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and traumatic brain injury, said Nick Whipps, veteran and military student services coordinator. Project Kenny is a 100% volunteer organization and has helped match and train service dogs with Casper College veterans over the past five years.

As in years past, the T-Bird Dog Trek will take dogs and their people on a 1.5-mile walk around the campus on what is known as the “inner loop.” Along the way, dogs will find treats and water stations throughout their walk. “There will be pet-specific vendors from the community offering giveaways, and the Casper College Veterans Club will sell raffle tickets for several awesome donated items. In addition, food trucks will be on-site,” said Whipps.

Last year, 85 dogs and their people participated and raised over $1,200 for the veterans club. “This year, we hope that even more dogs and their people will come out to support the veterans club, which in turn provides support for our student veterans,” Whipps said.

There is no preregistration, and dogs and their people can register on the day of the trek in front of the Casper College Student Union and University of Wyoming at Casper building and then start the walk. The cost per dog to participate is $10; all proceeds go to the Casper College Veterans Club.

For more information, contact Whipps at 307-268-2510.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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