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Dog-friendly run supports veterans' issues

Published On: Oct 27 2012 03:27:52 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

A number of Bozeman residents and their best friends took to Lindley Park for Comics for Courage 5k, a dog friendly run or walk set to raise money and awareness for veterans' issues.

"To have people out here with their family members, their furry family members, running and doing this event, it's just a great way to help bring awareness and raise money for a cause," says Owner of the Gallatin Veterinary Hospital Dr. Mark Albrecht.

The event is hosted by Gallatin Veterinary Hospital in partnership with the MSU Air Force ROTC and Bozeman Canine Classic.

Comics for Courage supports the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit that aims to honor and empower veterans and help them get readjusted to civilian life.

It also backs Vet Dogs, an organization that trains guide dogs and connects active duty personnel and disabled veterans to canine companions.

"It's amazing...That human animal bond is huge.  It's huge in the recovery, both physically and mentally," says Albrecht.

Christine Romano often participates in Bozeman Canine Classic events like this one and says it's always a good time.

"Bozeman has a wonderful community of dog lovers and a wonderful community of outdoor, fitness enthusiasts and these events just bring them together really well," says Romano.

She says knowing this event goes towards supporting veterans makes it that much more special for her.

"They are such wonderful companions to their humans and we just can't support them enough," says Romano.

The festivities continued with an stand-up and improv comedy show at the Emerson.