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Frequently Asked Questions About the Walk

Question: How do I get to the Walk?

Easy. Remember the Walk is being Held at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, MD.

 Click here for directions

Once you're there, just tell the Park Ranger that you're taking part in the Lab Rescue Dog Walk and they'll get you set on the right path.

Question: Is there Parking Available? What Happens if Parking is full?

Quiet Waters has lots of parking lots available and our Platinum Sponsor, Towne Transport are again offering their limo service for our Labs so that you can easy get to the registration area.

We will put up cones at the Red Maple lot when it is full and other parking lots are along the roadway; in order you'll head towards the Sycamore lot and the White Oaks lot.  There are a couple of parking lots along the way.

Don't fret.  We have shuttle service to move you from your parking lot to the walk registration area. All dogs are welcome on the shuttle provided by our Platinum Sponsor, Towne Transport.

It takes about 10-15 minutes to loop the entire parking area so just be patient and a bus will appear.

Question: Once in the Park, where is the Walk?

We have reserved the Red Maple and Sassafras areas.  There are washroom facilities and and open area for our vendors, sponsors and food options to set up.  

Head for the registration tables to let us know you're there and then snack, visit, shop and take advantage of everything being offered this year. 

Question: Will I Be Able to Get Lunch?

 Yes! We are happy to offer several food and snack options for you to enjoy. Remember to bring cash for lunch!

  1. Crabtown Curbs Cuisine - lots of lunch options including crab cakes, hot dogs and salads
  2. Calvert Kettle Corn - fresh kettle corn in a variety of flavors
  3. Kona Ice - to cool off and enjoy dessert
  4. Lab Rescue Bake Sale - enjoy the sweet fares of our own bakers
  5. Culligan - our silver sponsor, Culligan, is providing free bottled water 

Question: How long is the walk?

A. While there are more than 6 miles of wooded trails at Quiet Waters Park, the trail that we use has an easy 1 mile loop that many choose to take. It's also a nice wide trail that runs through the woods so staying cool on May 15th should be easy.  For those dogs that might be older and not able to walk as far, you can turn back at any time.

In fact, many Labs come for the company and never make it onto the trail because they decide to play and then rest so they can play when everyone comes off the trail.


Question: What time does the walk start and end?

Check-in begins at 10:00 AM and the walk officially starts at 11:00 AM.  Most people take the opportunity to browse the on-site vendors before and after the walk and to grab a bite to eat (there will be food trucks, a bake sale, and more).  We also have pools for the dogs to take a dip, search and rescue/agility demos starting every ½ hour, $25 microchipping, and more.  The event usually wraps up between 2:30 and 3:00 PM.


Question: My dog is not a Lab - can they come?

Absolutely!!! All breeds are welcome.  


Question: My Lab is not a Lab Rescue Lab - can they come?

 Absolutely!!! All dogs are welcome!


Question: Will there be food and water for us?

We will have food and water for everyone!  CrabTown Curbs food truck and Calvert Kettle Corn will be on site and we will also be holding a Lab Rescue bake sale with lots of goodies and all proceeds going to Lab Rescue. 

Bring your hunger and bring your treat loving dog and get ready for a day for fun!


Question: What are the CGC and Advanced CGC tests and how do I register for my dog to take the test?

Dogs who pass the 10-step Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title.  This title is often a prerequisite for any dog becoming a certified therapy dog.  The Advanced CGC test, also known as the AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of the AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program.  Dogs who pass the AKE Community Canine test earns the official AKC Community Canine title that is designated by the letters "CGCA" on the dog's title record.

Thanks to Rachel Flohr of Leash Free Living, we will be offering both tests at the walk.  The fee for your dog to take the test is $20 and all fees are being donated to Lab Rescue.

You can pre-register (recommended) for a test appointment online and you can pay for the test at the CGC Test tent when you check in at the walk by cash or check, made payable to Lab Rescue.


Can I raise money and not attend?

Yes.  We’d love to see you at the walk, but if you’re unable to attend, you can still register for the walk online and raise money by sharing your personal walk webpage and asking friends, family, and co-workers to sponsor you.


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Question:  Will I be able to buy a Walk T-Shirt at the Walk?

Not necessarily! In fact, we encourage you to not expect us to have many on hand.

The Walk T-Shirts are very popular and even though we order extra T-Shirts there are never enough!  The only way to ensure that you get a commemorative Walk T-Shirt is to register and raise a minimum of $50 before April 22nd. (This includes volunteers at the walk).

We do our best to anticipate the number of people who will join us on Walk day. April 22nd is critical to our being able to order the right number of T-Shirts.  

If you're worried that you won't be able to make it to the Walk, don't worry! We'll send you your T-Shirt after the walk.

If any T-Shirts are available for sale at the walk, the cost will be $50 so register now and donate $50 and you'll be able to take advantage of the tax credit too. 

Remember, registering is easy, just go click REGISTER!


Question: What else should I bring?

BUG SPRAY: We do try to keep bug spray and sun screen at the info desk, but encourage you to bring your own.  Quiet Waters park is a park with dense woods and every year the bugs come to visit too.

The Dog Walk is a rain or shine event so keep your eye on the weather and consider a raincoat or umbrella.


Question: Do you need help at the walk?

We need lots of help on Walk Day.  The biggest need is with setting up and taking down. If you're interested in volunteering, please register online

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot


Remember - volunteers need to register too!!