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This happy canine looks ready for the Dog Jog on May 5, sponsored as a fundraiser by Blue Mountain Humane Society.

Turns out there’s a deeper meaning to some of the old-fashioned names typically given to one of humankind’s best friends, the dog.

Fido derives from the Latin for fidelitas, or faithful. President Abraham Lincoln’s yellow, mixed-breed dog, 1855-1865, bore this name.

For many young students who learned to read using Dick and Jane readers, Spot was the children’s canine’s moniker. 

Rover translates to one that roams around. Rex, the Latin for king, was common at one point and sported by 1950s comic book star Rex the Wonder Dog. 

Regardless of what name your canis lupus familiaris bears, it’s time for us and our dogs to get into shape for the sixth annual Dog Jog, coming up on May 5. 

It starts and finishes in the Walla Walla Community College athletic complex parking lot. Early registration is underway: organizers with sponsor Blue Mountain Humane Society recommend signing up before March 31 to be guaranteed an event T-shirt.

The untimed 5K fun run/walk benefits Walla Walla Valley’s animal shelter. 

Walla Walla High School students Haley Peterson and Alice Goulet founded the Dog Jog in 2014. While out on a run, seeing other runners jogging with their animals inspired the girls to create the event, which brings together dogs and their owners and celebrates the human-animal bond. 

Following their graduation in 2015, BMHS took over as host. 

Participants of all ages are encouraged to join in with friends and family and can walk or run in the event with or without their well-behaved dogs. 

Registration is open online. Early registration by is $20 and includes an event T-shirt, or $10 dollars sans T-shirt. Registration continues April 1-May 4 at $15 and does not include an event T-shirt. Registration the day of the event is $20 and does not include an event T-shirt. the event starts at 10 a.m.

Register online at and click on the Dog Jog logo. Alternatively, visit the shelter at 7 E. George St. to register. On event day, sign up stop at the registration table between 9-10 a.m. 

Along a marked path, the 3.1 mile course loops around Mill Creek Trail, through Rooks Park and back to WWCC. Water stations and bathrooms dot the course.

Parking is also in the same area or on Tausick Way. For more information, contact Jenna Ables at


Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313. 

Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,

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