Today, we’re giving you a paws up on a super fun event happening in Portland on September 9 — an annual bicycle tour of all the Lucky Labrador Brew Pubs in town! We’ve done the ride, called Tour de Lab, before and had an awesome time. And we totally dig that all the fun benefits the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland!
The good that DoveLewis does for the community is off the charts. The non-profit animal hospital is open 24 hours a day every day of the year and is equipped with an intensive care unit. DoveLewis accepts stray animals and wildlife in need of care, offers financial aid to qualifying low-income residents, and its community services include a pet loss support program that provides ongoing support groups free of charge.
Not only does the Tour de Lab support an amazing community asset but it’s built around three of my favorite things: bikes, beer and dogs — especially Labs! There are two route options, the “puppy” route is 19 miles while the big dogs will ride 40 miles. Both routes start at one Lucky Lab pub location and then hit the others along the way.
Costumes are encouraged (we, of course, went for a Daley-inspired look!) and fun prizes and refreshments are available at each stop. Participants receive a souvenir T-shirt and pint glass and at the end of the routes, it’s BBQ paw-tay time!
*Cause It’s Saturday: Inspired by an abandoned senior dog named Jasmine’s happy ending, which began on a Saturday, DDY sets aside this day of the week for animal cause features. Read Jasmine’s story here.