Huskies Mishka, Mika and Rocket are all racing aficionados. As keen dog sport participants and sled dogs, the trio is used to moving fast in snowy conditions. But with no snow in sight, the dogs checked out racing action of a different kind when they dropped by the Rideau Canoe Club last week. There they got to participate in a practice session for the upcoming Dragon Boat Race Festival, set for June 18–20.
When they’re not thinking about racing, all three dogs are also members of the OHS Brightening Lives Program, where they visit long-term care centres and women’s and homeless shelters to provide animal companionship to residents.
The Brightening Lives Program is just one of the human/animal focused initiatives at the OHS that will benefit from funds raised at this year’s Dragon Boat Festival. The OHS is pleased to be one of seven not-for-profits selected as the recipients from this year’s race.
For more information on the Dragon Boat Race Festival, visit http://www.dragonboat.net/.