On Saturday, we went to our first Dog Hash! I’ve been talking to Benji’s mom, Hui Yi, and have been wanting to bring them for quite some time but we’ve been pretty busy so we didn’t get to join the hash till Saturday and even the decision to join was very last minute!
We arrived at the meeting point at about 4.30pm and registered. The run starts 5pm so we had time to slowly apply insect repellent on both ourselves and the pups. I was pretty nervous as I didn’t know what to expect and I’m not an outdoor person. I kept having thoughts like “what if I fall and injure myself?” or “what if I hate it?” But there was no backing out now since we’re already there. Soon enough, everyone was there and the hash began.
Before we started, we were told what are the markings to look out for and to follow that route. The markings for Saturday was toilet paper and flour.
When we started, I thought “Oh this seems fine, pavement to walk, dry area.The fun began when we reach an area that we had to climb up.
From there on, the paths were either grassy or gravel. I’ll let the pictures do the talking!
We reached a junction and while the humans were checking if it’s the right route, the dogs were having a pee party.
After a long walk, we came to this point where we have to walk uphill. It looked fine but after walking for awhile, we realized we have yet to reach the top. I looked down and saw that it was much higher than I thought.
The highlight of the run were “rivers” or muddy areas for the dogs to cool off in. Unfortunately there was no “rivers” but there sure were muddy areas!
We didn’t allow them to go in as we didn’t want them to get dirty.
The forest is use for army training so there were army vehicles around. We had to keep a look out for oncoming vehicles and hold the dogs to allow the vehicles to pass.
After seeing how much fun Benji and the other dogs were having, we thought “ah what the heck” and allowed them to go play in the mud. I couldn’t have been happier with the decision because the look of joy on their face told me how much fun they were having.
I mentioned earlier that the marking were toilet paper and flour. Here’s a pic of what usually happens to the flour.
After the long walk, we finally reach our starting point!
There was a gathering at the end of it where everyone formed a circle and there was some sort of “initiation” for “virgins” and new members. There was food as well so after that was done, everyone went to eat and settled into small groups or spent time mingling.
We really enjoyed ourselves and it was much better than I expected. Everyone there was friendly and welcoming and awkward human for once was totally comfortable even though it was the first time meeting everyone! I always wondered why everyone who went for the hash thought going through the forest was fun and told me I had to go. Now we’ve been to one and we’re hooked! Can’t wait for the next hash and we’re going to make it a point to go for every hash if it’s possible!
Lycan & Lexie