A couple of months ago, I signed the boy and Moon up for the ASD’s inaugural “Singapore Specials Run 2014“. According to the official website, the event ‘aims to raise awareness about the plight of the stray and abandoned dogs, who daily traverse long distances under the scorching heat and pouring rain in search of food, shelter and ultimately a home.’
The 2km Buddy Race flag-off is at 5pm but we decided to head there early as I expected a bad parking situation. Thankfully, we managed to find a spot at carpark F2 which was closest to the race site. It has been raining loads so I kept my fingers very tightly crossed for good weather because I don’t think it’d be too fun being soaked to the bones. There was a tentage set up for various dog-related booths, as well as a small stage. It was lovely to see all dog lovers gathering in one spot!
There were dogs of all shapes and sizes. From the tiniest teacup poodles to gentle fluffy giants. We also spotted fellow Therapy Dog, Kirby, with his owners.
The boy and Moon were doing the run while Elliott and I were the supporters/camera woman. Here’s Moon and her favourite Human pre-race:
We also attempted a family wefie but erm, as you can clearly tell, only the adults were enthusiastic. WHY U NO SMILE FOR THE CAMERA, my babies?!
I also placed Elliott on the grass beside Moon because they always look too cute together. It was Elliott’s first time touching grass and as you can clearly tell, he wasn’t too impressed. Tee hee hee.
Soon, 5pm rolled around and it was time for flag-off! GO DADDY! GO MOON! It was much too crowded to head to the starting line so we remained at the stone benches to wait. Besides, 2km is easy peasy for them both so I was expecting them to complete the race in about 20 minutes or so.
I was so so thankful that Elliott was in a rather happy mood (the epic 3-hour nap earlier in the day must have helped. Woots!). He was busy checking out the surroundings and being a happy chappy.
After about 15 minutes, we moved to the finishing line to hopefully catch the boy and Moon finish the race. I was glad that we did because the boy managed to break free from the (walking) crowd and push forward. Here they are finishing the race. That’s me you hear cheering like a mad woman, by the way:
The boy shared that after crossing the line, the Guest of Honour, Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee, came forward to shake his hand and offer his congratulations. Apparently, Moon was one of the first ‘small’ dogs to finish the Buddy Race. The boy also added that many dogs simply sat on the ground and refused to move halfway through the race and had to be carried by their owners. WE’RE SO PROUD OF YOU, MOON!
We capped off the lovely evening with dinner at dog-friendly (yeay!) Sunset Bay Beach Bar before heading home for a much-needed clean-up, for both humans and dog. Oh and the weather was just BEAUTIFUL. No scorching sun, lots of wind and no rain. Whoop!
What a lovely way to spend a Sunday 🙂 And we look forward to taking part again next year, with Elliott alongside!