Sonoma’s 2012 Officially Unofficial Dog Count was conducted on Saturday, September 29 and was another howling success. Between the hours of 9 AM and 12 Noon, at stations around the Plaza and on the Bike Path, SVDOG volunteers counted passing canines, recording whatever information their humans provided regarding Name, Age, Breed, etc. In addition, many who would not be out walking their dogs at the appointed times e-mailed doggie data on their pooches, so they could be counted, and the Friday night dog park crowd added their pooches to the count as well. This year’s count totaled 185.
This year, females outnumbered the males, 112 to 73 (DOGS, THAT IS). The youngest dogs were Rufus and Sam, at 2 months each. The oldest were Annie, Latache and Weebles at age 15 -- that’s roughly 102 in dog years!.
Dog breeds as identified by their owners varied widely and included many “Mixes” and purebreds (or nearly so). The most popular breeds seemed to be variations of Chihuahuas, Labs (all colors) and Golden Retrievers; “seemed to be” is as close as the data permits, since many owners were not necessarily certain of their Best Friend’s heritage. Not that it matters, since dog-lovers know that regardless of breed, every dog is the Absolute Best Dog In The World.
We have recorded the names, breeds, ages and gender of all dogs that were counted, and as soon as we can figure out how to put the table (HERE) we will post them all.