Hogs For Dogs At McCarthy's
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Bikers love dogs. There’s no doubt about it.
Just to drive that point home, the annual Hogs For Dogs run put on by Aurora Eagleriders #3224 and Mutt Matchers on June 24th raised some $5000 for hounds needing homes, and had a great time doing it.
The event got started at the Eagles Lodge in Aurora with breakfast and preparations for a day of riding in 100-degree heat. Eventually, about 60 bikes rolled out, heading across town and south o the Platte River Grill for a hydration stop and a card draw for the poker run. Then, it was off to the Stagecoach in Franktown for more hydration and a respite from the sun and rapidly rising temperatures.
The group then made a dash for the South 40 in Elbert, only to find themselves stopped about halfway there by a wildfire, just one of many burning in the state.
“We were headed for the South 40 for a little fun and draw another card,” explained Eagleriders road captain Greg Isom. “About halfway there the road was closed because of the fire, so we had to turnaround. We just to decided to go on to the last stop & draw a couple cards there, but it was a long, hot ride.”
When the over heated riders pulled into McCarthy’s to finish the run, they were met by an already rockin’ party—complete with a bunch of friendly dogs looking for humans to go home with.
“Deb at Mutt Matchers chooses a different group every year,” Isom explained. “This year it was ‘Big Dogs, Large Paws,’ a large breed rescue operation.”
So in addition to more than 150 partyin’ bikers there were several big, friendly party dogs keeping McCarthy’s hoppin’.
Psycho X rocked the house, while both live and silent auctions made for generous bidding and donations to the cause of the day. The level of generosity was so high that the commemorative t-shirts for the event sold out quickly—and there was a constant line of people waiting for a shirt as the kids from G & D Leathers hustled to print more right there at the party. Hell there were even local celebrities on hand, lead by KRFX-FM jock Shark, who spent more than a little time making friends with pooches eager to make new pals. Or maybe they just wanted to get all the pets they could.
But then, we all want a little petting sometimes. These hounds got that, and a little cash, too. And the riders? Well, they got a sunburn, a few miles under the rubber, and a chance to get nuzzled and licked and not have to explain it to anyone.