One of my favorite events each year at IML is Woof Camp. This was the first year that my partner and I volunteered to help with it and I am glad I did. We spent most of the day Saturday with our friend 31 and he was also kind enough to help out with Woof Camp. We kept 31 in our heavy metal collar (10 pounds) and heavy metal wrist shackles (12 pounds) the whole time we were there. Our primary responsibilities during set-up was to tape up the various Woof Camp and water station signs. We also had plenty of fun putting up the colored paws that were throughout the room. Here is a picture from when we were setting up the event (notice TOIL with the K-9 Unit patch on the back of his vest).
During Woof Camp we helped entertain some strays and took care of a few random things that came up. The most interesting thing I helped out with was unlocking a pup’s collar because his handler’s key broke. Luckily I have a universal handcuff key that opened the lock but it would have been easy enough to pick the lock if the key did not work.
About halfway through Woof Camp it was time for the pups to play with pinatas. The picture below is from when the pups were getting ready to attack the pinatas that a few other handlers and I held up for them.
Towards the end of the evening I took a panoramic picture of the room. You can see plenty of worn out pups and handlers.
Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to Brue and Square Peg Toys. Brue worked tirelessly to ensure that the 2013 Woof Camp would overcome several obstacles to be the success it was. Square Peg Toys is the sponsor of Woof Camp and funded the event so it was free to all those in attendance.
I am already looking forward to 2014 Woof Camp!