Photo submitted by Paws Here. During Jago’s Run on September 19th, people will have the opportunity to run through the Nesbit Forest. All proceeds go to Ned’s Wish.
RCMP Service Dog Jago was tragically killed in a high-risk incident involving an armed suspect in High Prairie, AB on June 17th, but he will be remembered during Jago’s Run this weekend.
Ned’s Wish works with Paws Here and Aim K9 to create a unique racing experience with your dog at the gates of Prince Albert hero – Argo.
Amy Wilkinson of Paws Here said she got the idea after realizing that you couldn’t actually walk your dog.
“It’s been a few years since I wanted to make Prince Albert a dog-friendly local,” said Wilkinson. “I mean, obviously have a dog daycare and dog training business that is part of my people.
“It’s going to be a fun family event with or without a dog,” she added. “We don’t want people to feel they have to have a dog to participate. Your donation for the run goes straight to Ned’s Wish, there isn’t much overhead or anything with it. We’re just trying to raise as much money as possible for Ned’s Wish to help the dogs get their retirement. “
After the planning began, Wilkinson looked for an organization to raise funds for. It wasn’t long after the incident that cost Iago’s life when she discovered Neds Wish.
“I thought, ‘You know what? It would be really nice to honor Iago, ”and then I took a closer look at Neds Wish. I heard about it a while ago and found this kind of everything going well, ”explained Wilkinson.
“I got in touch with Ned’s Wish, the organizers and the board there were very excited and we started planning what we could with everything that happened this summer.”
Jago’s Run is scheduled for September 19 in Lily Plain, 25 kilometers west of Prince Albert, and will use Lily Plain Hall. The run takes place in the Nisbet Forest, which is located near the hall. The hall will be the base for the operation with the prices and stands.
Wilkinson said they will have staggered starts due to COVID-19 safety protocols and don’t want everyone on the course at the same time. Instead, participants will depart at 15-minute intervals.
“People can go into the arena and pick up their racing package, look at the prices and so on, run the run and then come back when they want to go into the arena,” she said. “If you don’t, if you just want to stay away from a little crowd, that’s understandable.”
“It’s outside. It’s a trail run. It’s not on concrete. It’s in the sand in the forest (where it is) absolutely beautiful. It’s nice to run or walk easily. You don’t even have to walk the six kilometers, many see it as a hike, which is also good, with their dog, ”she explains.
Runners and their dogs complete a 6 km run during the event. Wilkinson admitted that this is an odd distance to run, but the number has a special meaning. That’s how long Iago searched before a suspect shot him.
“It’s a very odd number (and) it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but that’s why we went for it,” she explained. “It’s in honor of his last trail through the forest.”
Full Jamie Chartrand, a K9 dealer for the Saskatchewan Department of the Environment, explained why an organization like Ned’s Wish is so important after recently retiring his second dog, Jaks. Jaks worked for eight years and is now 11 years old in his retirement.
“As these dogs get old, they often develop arthritis or sometimes hip and back problems from years of wear and tear as a working dog, to name a few. Apart from a minor arthritis, he’s in good health, ”said Chartrand.
“The medical costs can sometimes be very heavily borne by the dog handler or the home that adopted them because these dogs are no longer the responsibility of the agency they once worked for. This is where Ned’s Wish can help. We owe these dogs a comfortable retirement for all the work they have done. “
To register you can either visit nedswish.com or pawshere.ca as both sites have a registration link.
“There’s also a virtual option, we’ve signed up a lot of people from all over Canada who don’t come in person,” said Wilkinson.