Pups and Plants: 5K Paw Walk at SDBG

Leash up your outdoors-loving Lassies and stroll at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

TOTAL TRUTH TIME: We know. We don't even have to go looking hard for it, because it comes to us, via our Facebook feeds and Twitter and email forwards and we totally, totally know. And we awww and we coo and we love every last site that celebrates our pups doing funny human-type activities, from wearing eyeglasses to reading the paper. It's all pretty adorable, and we embrace it, and yet sometimes it is lovely and nice to just get outside with your four-footer, and leave the comical stylings of "our hounds are like humans" to another day. It's a pleasure to see our Pugs notice butterflies and our Labs sniff at flowers and our Pomeranians get their wee feet a bit muddy.

BEING WITH YOUR DOG IN NATURE... should be on the top of every top ten list that suggests "Ten Ways to Immediately Make Your Life Better, Period" (and if it is not, we kindly suggest the list authors reconsider its inclusion). The San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas and the Rancho Coastal Humane Society understand this straightforward concept, and they come together each year to give people and their pooches a chance to do the beautiful outdoors together, inside the garden. It's the one day of the year that dogs can walk the lush setting, and it is called...

THE 5K PAW WALK IN THE GARDEN: Tell your favorite furry one to pencil in Saturday, Feb. 21 on his tiny dog calendar and then make for the gorgeous, tree- and shrub-dotted expanse together. The day supports both the SDBG and the Rancho Coastal Humane Society, and participants will get to take in much of the beauty of the 37-acre plot via a route that "winds through some of the most spectacular areas of the Garden." You'll see plants native to the Golden State and flowers and more from points around the globe. And won't you enjoy seeing your woofer against this natural backdrop? You will. We're not saying we can't chuckle over dogs in sunglasses, because the internet will keep delivering such goodies, but being in the sunshine with your sweet one is just about as perfect a simple pleasure as simple pleasures get.

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