Friday, June 22nd @5pm Shadow Hike-a-thon Benefit for Old Dog Haven!

Shadow Hike-a-thon

If there are two things we at Brouwer’s Café like, other than beer and pommes frites, it’s our dogs and hiking. This year, we’ve been asked to partner with the Shadow Hike-a-thon Fundraiser benefiting the Old Dog Haven in Oak Harbor.

The Shadow Hike-a-thon was founded by a Whatcom County couple as a way to honor their late pooch, Shadow, seven years ago. Until this year, all the hiking had been completed in Bellingham, but this year they are including a hike down in Seattle to incorporate their friends in King County. In the seven years they have been doing this, they have raised a total of $40,000.

This year, as an extra treat, they are partnering with their (and our!) friends at The North Fork on Mount Baker Highway to brew Winnie’s Rescue Red Ale with some proceeds benefiting the Old Dog Haven. The special brew will be available on June 22nd before the hike, at Hop and Hound in Bothell, and after, here at Brouwer’s. The beer will be available at 5:30 and all proceeds will go to the charity. We are happy to be able to help out a wonderful organization with a very noble goal.

From their page: “Old Dog Haven was founded in 2004 to provide safe, loving homes for abandoned senior dogs who have almost zero chance of adoption in a shelter. We do not have a kennel; all our dogs live in homes as members of temporary or permanent (Final Refuge) families. We take dogs 8 years and older from shelters and occasionally from owners in Western Washington. We adopt out dogs that have a reasonable life expectancy; however, more than 90% of our dogs are Final Refuge (permanent foster) or hospice residents – too frail, old or sick for adoption. ODH’s mission is to give these dogs a loving family and good quality of life in their final months, years, weeks or even days. We also assist owners who need to re-home their senior dog and help shelters and other rescues place their seniors.”

For more information about ODH, please visit: