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Pawz Too Run

By Christina Darnell | Photography by Suzanna Meyer

Posted: Monday, Jun. 09, 2014

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Lake Norman resident Laura Mueller has been a photojournalist for more than 25 years, doing work for The Charlotte Observer, The Duke Endowment, Lake Norman Magazine, SouthPark Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Post and many other publications. Her many awards have included being named NC Press Photographer of the Year. Find her at

More than 150 people and their pets competed in the 4th annual Pawz Too Run event in downtown Davidson Saturday, April 12.

The 5K race and dog walk was founded by high schooler Joanna Copio in 2011 to raise money for the local nonprofit Friends of the Animals. This year, the event raised $8,575 to help the group’s Campaign to Build a Pet Education and Adoption Center.

“One young girl can make such a difference when she puts her mind to it,” says the nonprofit’s Executive Director Patrice Reynolds. “Friends of the Animals has raised $2.79 million of the

$3.25 million needed to break ground. This event is one of many that will help us reach our


Pawz Too Run included a timed 5K run and 2.2 mile dog walk. Awards were given to winners in each category, including special trophies for canines. The ‘Most Inspiring’ distinction was given to three-year-old Phoebe, a yellow lab mix who lost her leg after being hit by a neighborhood car.

Vendors set up on the Village Green during the race for the Community Vendor and Adoption Fair to promote the health and wellness of pets and their owners.

The event was sponsored by Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Parks Chevrolet.

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