Cody dog races raise money for a good cause - KULR8.com | Montana's News Leader | Billings, MT

Cody dog races raise money for a good cause

Posted: Updated:

Cody – A large group of people were seen in Cody Friday night pitting dog against dog, and betting money on the results. But, authorities didn’t do anything about it, because it was legal…and for a good cause.

On a bitterly cold winter night, hundreds of people streamed into the Cody Auditorium, handing over money for entry into the contests…contests of canine prowess.  Dog against dog. The contestants, muscles taught, nerves straining were anxious to start the athletic competition.

It was the annual  Jack Russel/Corgi Races.  The contestants have forever homes. Other dogs at the event were looking for forever homes. They wore vests that said: ‘Adopt Me’. The races raised money for dozens of cats and dogs at Park County Animal Shelter. 

The Shelter Fundraising Coordinator, Nikki Schleich said, “The first year that we started, we raised $7000. Last year we raised $22,000 and our goal this year is to raise $25,000.

The Cody Auditorium was packed, and not just with people who had puppies.

Schleich explained, “We’re the one shelter that benefits Park County. We’re a no kill shelter, so people really appreciate that, too.  And, they want to support that cause.”
 

Auctions, beer, and food sales helped fill the till.  But, so did betting on the races…

Schleich noted,  “It’s not just a family friendly event.  You can bet on the Corgi races. So there’s that aspect for those people who like to bet.

We asked, “Legally?”

Schleich nodded, “Yep”.

Gambling is legal in Wyoming when it benefits charity.  So, everyone’s in…

Carson Hogan held his toddler, Tora, on his shoulders when he said, “I’m actually a corporate sponsor.  And we were approached, and we were able to do the highest sponsorship opportunity.  And, wanted to come down here and give our support in person.”

But why race Jack Russels?  Or Corgi’s?  What’s a Corgi anyway? 

Gus the Corgi’s owner, Ryan Eskeli, thought a minute before he anwered, “Small legs and big attitude. Heh, heh, heh.”

But, this year, event organizers decided to race dogs with even shorter legs: purse dogs…any dog that could fit in a purse, such as Birdie, the Shitzu.  Birdie was wearing a pink dress.

But her owner declared, “She’s a winner.”

So, the highlight of the evening was the purse dog race. It was a premiere event. Anticipation was high.

The gate opened, one dog rushed out…

But some, no most of the racers didn’t make it to the finish line.  They ran back toward their owners as the crowd laughed. Maybe next year.

Shelter supporters hold the event every January, no matter how cold it is outside.  

  • LocalMore>>

  • Confederate fountain to be removed in Helena

    Confederate fountain to be removed in Helena

    Thursday, August 17 2017 1:50 AM EDT2017-08-17 05:50:20 GMT

    Around 6 p.m. tonight it was confirmed by one of the Helena City Commissioners that the fountain in Helena will be removed. There is no word on when it will be moved, what will replace it, or if it will be moved to a museum.  The American Indian caucus asked the Helena City Commissioner to remove the fountain, which was given to the city back in the early 1900's.

    Around 6 p.m. tonight it was confirmed by one of the Helena City Commissioners that the fountain in Helena will be removed. There is no word on when it will be moved, what will replace it, or if it will be moved to a museum.  The American Indian caucus asked the Helena City Commissioner to remove the fountain, which was given to the city back in the early 1900's.

  • Veterans Affairs Clinic to Cody West Park

    Veterans Affairs Clinic to Cody West Park

    Thursday, August 17 2017 1:31 AM EDT2017-08-17 05:31:29 GMT
    The Veterans Affairs clinic that’s moving to Cody will probably be in a West Park Hospital facility. That’s the word from West Park CEO Doug McMillan. Northwest Wyoming’s only VA clinic has been based in Powell. McMillan said when he heard the clinic would be moving to Cody, he contacted Texas based Valor Healthcare immediately. The hospital CEO said Valor will operate the Cody clinic. West Park co-owns the Cody Medical Arts Complex, and plans to lease space to...
    The Veterans Affairs clinic that’s moving to Cody will probably be in a West Park Hospital facility. That’s the word from West Park CEO Doug McMillan. Northwest Wyoming’s only VA clinic has been based in Powell. McMillan said when he heard the clinic would be moving to Cody, he contacted Texas based Valor Healthcare immediately. The hospital CEO said Valor will operate the Cody clinic. West Park co-owns the Cody Medical Arts Complex, and plans to lease space to...
  • MontanaFair attendance hits a decrease this year

    MontanaFair attendance hits a decrease this year

    Thursday, August 17 2017 1:16 AM EDT2017-08-17 05:16:28 GMT

    There are three more days left at MontanaFair. Concerts are always a big part of the fair but this past week, the featured concerts did not sell out as expected.

    There are three more days left at MontanaFair. Concerts are always a big part of the fair but this past week, the featured concerts did not sell out as expected.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Confederate fountain to be removed in Helena

    Confederate fountain to be removed in Helena

    Thursday, August 17 2017 1:50 AM EDT2017-08-17 05:50:20 GMT

    Around 6 p.m. tonight it was confirmed by one of the Helena City Commissioners that the fountain in Helena will be removed. There is no word on when it will be moved, what will replace it, or if it will be moved to a museum.  The American Indian caucus asked the Helena City Commissioner to remove the fountain, which was given to the city back in the early 1900's.

    Around 6 p.m. tonight it was confirmed by one of the Helena City Commissioners that the fountain in Helena will be removed. There is no word on when it will be moved, what will replace it, or if it will be moved to a museum.  The American Indian caucus asked the Helena City Commissioner to remove the fountain, which was given to the city back in the early 1900's.

  • MontanaFair attendance hits a decrease this year

    MontanaFair attendance hits a decrease this year

    Thursday, August 17 2017 1:16 AM EDT2017-08-17 05:16:28 GMT

    There are three more days left at MontanaFair. Concerts are always a big part of the fair but this past week, the featured concerts did not sell out as expected.

    There are three more days left at MontanaFair. Concerts are always a big part of the fair but this past week, the featured concerts did not sell out as expected.

  • Neo-Nazi site's publisher says he's got no home on internet

    Neo-Nazi site's publisher says he's got no home on internet

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 8:25 PM EDT2017-08-17 00:25:35 GMT
    Daily Stormer founder Andrew AnglinDaily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin

    A neo-Nazi website's publisher said Wednesday that he has "effectively been completely banned from the internet" after mocking the victim of a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

    A neo-Nazi website's publisher said Wednesday that he has "effectively been completely banned from the internet" after mocking the victim of a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

  • Our Apologies

    The page you requested is currently unavailable. Pages on this site are constantly being revised, updated, and occasionally removed. You may have followed an outdated link or have outdated pages in your
    You have reached a page which is currently unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please use your browser's BACK button to return to the previous page
  • How to spot fake solar eclipse glasses

    How to spot fake solar eclipse glasses

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 8:35 PM EDT2017-08-16 00:35:25 GMT

    Don't get caught with "shady" glasses during the solar eclipse. We have some tips on what to look for before the moon obscures the sun.

    Don't get caught with "shady" glasses during the solar eclipse. We have some tips on what to look for before the moon obscures the sun.

  • Pit bulls take on snakes to save kids

    Pit bulls take on snakes to save kids

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 8:36 AM EDT2017-08-16 12:36:57 GMT

    Two pit bulls in Florida are credited with saving two young children from a venomous snake. 

    Two pit bulls in Florida are credited with saving two young children from a venomous snake. 

  • Airborne Drones on Patrol - the Answer to Public Safety Policing

    Airborne Drones on Patrol - the Answer to Public Safety Policing

    Autonomous drones are set to take over border patrols, crime hotspot monitoring and more, says South Africa's Airborne Drones.      (Photo: http://mma.prnewswire.com/media/531247/Airborne_Drones_Vanguard_Drone.jpg ) ...
    Autonomous drones are set to take over border patrols, crime hotspot monitoring and more, says South Africa's Airborne Drones.      (Photo: http://mma.prnewswire.com/media/531247/Airborne_Drones_Vanguard_Drone.jpg ) ...
  • More evacuations, new Red Cross shelter in place in Missoula for Lolo Peak fire

    More evacuations, new Red Cross shelter in place in Missoula for Lolo Peak fire

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:29 AM EDT2017-08-17 13:29:34 GMT

    A new Red Cross shelter is in place for those impacted by the Lolo Peak fire.  

    A new Red Cross shelter is in place for those impacted by the Lolo Peak fire.