Me and mom love Adopt-A-Pet because it’s an all-volunteer, non-profit dog shelter in Mason County. The staff is very friendly, the facility is super clean, and the dogs get to go on nice walks and play in a big yard. The shelter relies on donations, special events, and adoption fees to stay open, so I want all my buddies to know about their upcoming “Ride for Dogs” Motorcycle Poker Run. Any and all types of street legal motorcycles are welcome! You’ll be treated to a scenic 125-mile ride through Mason County that will take you to fun checkpoints along the way. The fun starts at JR’s Hideaway in Belfair with signups starting at 8:00 a.m. Or you can sign up online before August 6 to receive a free event patch (any remaining patches will be available the day of the ride for $5), an extra door prize ticket, and GPS coordinates for the ride. The first riders will be out at 10:00 a.m. and the last riders at noon. Door prizes, winners of the buy-in raffle, and the top three poker hands will be awarded at 4:00 p.m. Participants need not be present to win, but you might want to be, since I’m the lucky dog who will be there to give out the prizes, and you can have your picture taken with me!

The minimum donation is $15 for riders and $5 for passengers. More than 100 riders are expected this year. How exciting is that! To make sure everyone has a great time and comes back next year, Adopt-A-Pet will need lots of prizes to be donated – from inexpensive items for the door prizes to whoop-de-doo ones for the best poker hands. Donations and gift certificates from businesses and individuals are welcome, as well as sponsorships! Prizes need to fit in a saddlebag and should be non-breakable. Mom donated a few “interesting” things from her old biker days, but I’m not supposed to tell people about her checkered past because I would get in big trouble.

My auntie Terri Thomas is helping to organize this event and you can contact her for more information at (360) 481-9962. To register online, visit the Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton, Washington Facebook events page or

On a personal note, the more people who attend, that more cookies I get. Help a girl out. You know how much I love cookies!