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Welcome to the 1st Annual Doggy Easter Egg Hunt Fundraiser

The Doggy Easter Egg Hunt is an exciting event for dogs and their people to engage in fun activities, including canine fitness, relaxing sensory activities, furry family photographs, and a nose work sniffari as dogs search the woods for eggs filled with delicious homemade biscuits.

This website will provide you with all of the important details about the days' events so you can be prepared to have a blast with your dog and other dog owners!

To ensure the safety of all participants and the planet, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Bring an Easter basket or reusable bag for collecting eggs. Eggs can be returned for recycling at the end of the event in the big blue buckets at the pavilion.
  • The Easter eggs are made of plastic. Please watch your dog carefully. When their nose touches an egg that is when you should pick up and put in your basket/bag. Please do not let your dog put an egg in its mouth since it could break and your dog might ingest some plastic pieces.
  • All human participants must wear a mask during the event per the NH Mask Mandate.
  • Dogs must be kept on leash while at Little River Park. No retractable leashes.
  • All dogs must have their rabies vaccination.
  • Attendees of this event agree to abide by the NH Dog Walking Club Guidelines and rules of Little River Park per the Town of Lee Selectboard.
  • Please pick up any pet waste and dispose in trash receptacle provided at pavilion.
  • No more than 2 dogs/person.
  • All participants must complete and authorize the General Liability Waiver, Covid-19 Waiver of Liability, and Video/Photograph Release Form prior to attending the event. If you have already completed – thank you!
  • Per the Town of Lee, participants must be 13+ years of age.
  • Per the Town of Lee, dogs are not allowed on the soccer or baseball fields.

Phew...OK, now that all that necessary stuff is out of the way, have a great time!

Agenda

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9:00 am: Check-in under the pavilion at Little River Park, 39 North River Road, Lee. Pick up goody bag.

9:00 - 10:00 am: Pre-event activities take place

  • Meet Marie from Happy Belly Bites who has supplied most of the delicious treats for the eggs.
  • Meet our canine fitness expert April from Healthy Pets NH.
  • Get your picture taken with your best friend(s) compliments of Don Chick Photography.
  • Is your dog a bit over stimulated with the event? Visit with Monica from Barrington Barks & Behavior for a fun sensory experience to help reduce stress and anxiety.

9:45 am: Participate in a 10-minute canine fitness warm up prior to the egg hunt with April from Healthy Pets NH. This will take place behind the pavilion.

10:00 am: Line up for the start of the Easter egg hunt.

10:05 am: Participants who purchased the V.I.D. Experience enter the woods first. Only 24 eggs/dog please. All eggs include a treat and some eggs include a prize slip.

10:10-11:00am: All other participants start entering the woods. Only 24 eggs/dog please. All eggs include a treat and some eggs include a prize slip.

11:00 am: Sort and recycle eggs, claim prizes at check-in table. Visit vendor tables and get your picture taken if you were not able to before the egg hunt.

11:30 am: Good bye and thank you for your support!

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of treats are in the eggs?

Our colorful eggs contain a few different treats. Here is a list in case you need to look up ingredients:

  • Old Mother Hubbard classic original assortment oven-baked dog biscuits (minis)
  • HALO Healthsome Garden of Vegan peanut n' pumpkin recipe biscuit dog treat
  • Sportmix Wholesomes, gourmet biscuit with real cheddar cheese, grain-free biscuit
  • Happy Belly Bites dog treats, homemade, all natural, peanut butter and pumpkin bites (Buckwheat flour, pumpkin, water, peanut butter, dried egg, and cinnamon. Their peanut butter is unsalted, no sugar. They use Teddie's all natural.)

What covid safety precautions are in place for the event?

Per the NH Mask Mandate, all participants must wear a mask during the entire event unless they can show proof of a medical reason not to do so.

If you are walking the River Trail or Ridge Trail at the park and can safely social distance, you may remove your mask. While you are participating in the egg hunt on the Forest Loop Trail, you must continue to wear your mask.

We will also provide hand sanitizer in the pavilion area.

The Easter egg hunt trail is a loop and participants will be spaced out by entering from the left and right side of the trail to allow plenty of room for egg hunting.

What other safety measures will be in place?

The event is hosted by the NH Dog Walking Club and our sister company, It Takes a Village Pet Care. Our staff is certified in pet 1st aid and CPR and our Safety Manager Karen, who has over 25 years experience as an EMT and is a certified PetTech pet 1st aid/CPR instructor, will be on site with equipment in case any humans or dogs get hurt.

If you need help, please notify a member of our team (they will be wearing company apparel and/or a bright orange safety vest), or come directly to the pavilion for assistance.

How do we collect the eggs?

Please bring an Easter basket or reusable bag for collecting eggs. Please try to avoid bringing a plastic bag.

The eggs will be relatively easy to find by sight. The goal is to let your dog find them with their nose. Each egg has a several holes in it to allow your dog a true sensory enrichment experience.

Eggs can be returned for recycling at the end of the event in the big blue buckets at the pavilion.

What do we do with the eggs after we find them?

After you find your 24 eggs, please open to collect the dog treats and see if you found any prize slips.

Eggs can be returned for recycling at the end of the event in the big blue buckets at the pavilion.

If you have a prize slip, please return to the check-in table to claim.

Are there facilities at Little River Park?

Yes, there is one porta potty available for participants to use.

How do I learn more about the homemade treats in the Easter eggs?

Marie Davies, owner of Happy Belly Bites will be at the event. Stop by her table to say hello and learn about her delicious homemade, all-natural dog treats.

Where do I pick up the items for my V.I.D. Experience?

When you check-in under the pavilion, you will also be given your dog's Easter basket with goodies.

Your dog's name will be called to enter the woods at 10:05am.

The orthopedic mattress bed raffle will happen at 11am under the pavilion. You do not need to be present to win. But you might as well hang out so you can take the bed with you if you win!

How does the egg hunt work?

Brightly colored Easter eggs are "hidden" throughout the Forest Loop Trail at Little River Park. A member of our team will guide you and your dog to the trail when it is time to start the egg hunt.

Each dog is able to find and retrieve 24 eggs.

The Easter eggs are made of plastic. Please watch your dog carefully. When their nose touches an egg that is when you should pick up and put in your basket/bag.

Please do not let your dog put an egg in their mouth since it could break and your dog might ingest some plastic pieces.

How do we participate in the Canine Fitness Warm-Up Event?

At 9:45 am, canine fitness expert April Begosh from Healthy Pets NH, will lead a 10-minute canine fitness warm up prior to the egg hunt. This will take place behind the pavilion.

During this event, April will be incorporating the 5 Components of Optimal Canine Health in her session.

This includes:

  1. Strength - Dogs will do a sit to stand exercise (3-5 times depending on your dog's fitness level, age, mobility.)
  2. Flexibility - Dogs will follow a treat in their owner's hand from their nose to their shoulder, nose to ribs, nose to hips (3x each side).
  3. Balance - Dogs will give paw from a standing position (3x each side).
  4. Mental - Dogs will attempt to find which of their owner's hands contains a treat.
  5. Cardio - Dogs and owners will walk to the Easter egg hunt line up area and get ready for a fun cardio, sniffari activity!

What is the sensory experience and how do we participate?

Monica Allaire-McMahon, KPA-CTP, owner of Barrington Barks and Behavior will be offering a sensory/relaxation experience from 9:00 - 10:00 am for dogs and their people. This activity, held in 5-10 minute sessions, is appropriate for one dog at a time and includes a variety of textured surfaces, raised stations, scents, and food items for the dog to explore.

Gathering and processing sensory information at the dog’s pace, as well as chewing and licking have been shown to promote calm and lower stress. Each and every dog can benefit from reducing stress and arousal.

How do I get my dog's picture taken?

Don from Don Chick Photography will be at the event taking pictures of dogs in their colorful bandannas found in your goody bag. This photo session is included in your ticket price.

Don will be set up under the pavilion and is available for photos from 9:00 - 11:30am.

Participants will be contacted after the event with info on how to access their digital image.

What organizations benefit from the proceeds of this event?

The 1st Annual Doggy Easter Egg Hunt is a fundraiser for the NH Dog Walking Club.

Annually, we create awareness of and raise funds for three NH-based pet charities. In 2021, we are supporting Mary's Dogs Rescue & Adoption in Northwood, Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, and Hero Pups in Stratham.

Every year, we invite members of our community to nominate their favorite non-profits and then have them vote over a 2-week period. The top 3 charities chosen are who we support.

What is the NH Dog Walking Club?

We bring dogs and their people together for exercise, education, and socialization in a positive, welcoming, and fun environment.

Our vision is to build a community of dog owners who are dedicated to the health and wellness of their pets using positive reinforcement techniques and sustainable pet care practices.

We support a community on Facebook for dog lovers and offer a paid membership jampacked with benefits.

To learn more, please visit https://NHDog.club.

Have questions or need help?

If you have questions about the 1st Annual Doggy Easter Egg Hunt or would like to learn more about the NH Dog Walking Club, please complete our Contact Us form or call/text us at (603) 815-2453.

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