We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick
As far as I’m aware, Thrill of the Hunt is the originator of the dog scavenger hunt, (Dog Gone! Scavenger Hunt and the Doggie in Disguise Scavenger Hunt, spring and Halloween themed respectively). They’re certainly very popular among our Thrill Seekers and their four-legged pals. To be honest, I enjoy administering to these particular scavenger hunts, as much as the participants enjoy walking around with their favorite sidekick, figuring out clues, completing online challenges, and collecting dog treats and toys, while hanging out with others of like interest. They’re a lot of fun!
This past Saturday, May 30th, Thrill of the Hunt held another such event, the Dog Gone! Scavenger Hunt in Winchester, Virginia. Why did we choose Winchester to expand our most recent dog scavenger hunt? It’s all thanks to Dancing Dog Natural Market! (Check out their website: dancingdognatural.com and follow them on Facebook: facebook.com/DancingDogNaturalMarket)
Last year, Adam and Leann Pask, owners of the Dancing Dog Natural Market reached out to Thrill of the Hunt suggesting we hold a dog scavenger hunt in dog friendly Winchester, Virginia. Great idea! After checking out the area, and speaking with Adam, we both agreed Old Town Winchester would be a perfect location for a dog scavenger hunt.
Please note, the City of Winchester was very friendly and supportive when presenting this idea.
Now that we’ve decided to hold a dog scavenger hunt in Winchester, Virginia, some logistics needed to be outlined.
When is the best time to hold our event? Recently, the Dancing Dog Natural Market celebrated their store opening anniversary, and so it was chosen to host the event in the spring, closest to their anniversary date. Perfect!
Eventually, after much research, planning and promoting, the Dog Gone! Scavenger Hunt became a reality. Dancing Dog Natural Market was our official sponsor of the Dog Gone! Scavenger Hunt in Winchester, Virginia.
With Adam’s influence and suggestion, Kresha Hornby, publisher at Valley Homes & Style Magazine ran a double page article on the Dog Gone! Scavenger Hunt and Dancing Dog Natural Market, in the Valley Events section of the April issue. That was very exciting!
In addition to the local vendors, Weruva was present to pass out samples of canned cat and dog food, and Carol from Pawtivity was on hand to socialize with the dogs and owners.
Pawtivity is a new site dedicated to staying active and involved with your dog, your local community, and the dog community in general. They’ll be launching their website soon, so please look for it (Website: pawtivity.com). In the meantime, please check out their Facebook page: facebook.com/pawtivity. Thrill of the Hunt will be partnering with Pawtivity to bring all dogs and their owners exciting adventures!
Now that the Dog Gone! Scavenger Hunt has came and left, was it a success? You bet it was! In addition to being blessed with perfect sunny blue skies, we also had some awesome participants from as far away as Washington D.C. We couldn’t have asked for a better group of dogs and owners to join us for our first dog scavenger hunt in Winchester, Virginia!
One of the biggest questions I received shortly after the conclusion of the dog scavenger hunt was, “Will Thrill of the Hunt be back?” Of course we will! We plan on making this an annual event and Dancing Dog Natural Market is one-hundred percent on board!
Thank you again to everyone who helped make the Dog Gone! Scavenger Hunt a success! Thanks to the participants for spending their Saturday morning with us and showing an interest in our dog scavenger hunt. We loved meeting your four-legged friends and we loved being a part of your family activity.
Thank you to the local businesses who participated as part of the scavenger hunt. Your enthusiasm and involvement helped the scavenger hunt come together, and made it a true community event.
Thank you to Carol from Pawtivity for helping out and capturing the day in pictures. It was nice having Weruva present and of course a huge thanks to Dancing Dog Natural Market for everything they’ve done! Working with you was seamless and refreshing! We can’t wait for next year!
Now time to promote Thrill of the Hunt. If you’re interested in a unique custom scavenger hunt or just want to discuss the possibilities, email me at Game@ThrillScavengerHunt.com, Heather@auntheather.com or fill out the form on our Contact Us page for a free quote. We’ll get back to you within 24-business hours. I promise!
Please note, Thrill of the Hunt will be hosting our annual Doggie in Disguise Scavenger Hunts in local cities including Latrobe, Pennsylvania; Annapolis, Maryland; Alexandria, Virginia; and New Hope, Pennsylvania. Tickets are on sale now, but are limited. We’re still accepting local businesses to be added to the actual scavenger hunt to increase foot traffic to these locations.
Next weekend, Thrill of the Hunt will be hosting our Singles Scavenger Hunt in Arlington, Virginia. Join us for a socializing good time!
Speaking of different areas, we are always open to hearing suggestions on scavenger hunt themes and hometowns to bring our events. Please Suggest An Event on our website, or email Game@ThrillScavengerHunt.com. I seriously want to hear from you!
Remember, everyone needs to … Experience the Game!