The Wonderdog Walk for Normal Moments is a fundraising event to celebrate the role our wonderful pets play in our health and well-being. We are thrilled to welcome both old and new friends, both human & canine, for our 2nd Annual Wonderdog Walk. Proceeds provide ongoing supportive services to parents with critically ill/medically complex children.

WHAT:  Wonderdog Walk 2016 – 1 and 2 mile (approx) routes availableHunter

WHEN: April 24th. Registration / Check in from 10 AM – 11 AM

LOCATION: Ned Brown Meadow (GPS Location) in Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village

COST: $15 per walker – adult human or canine. Each adult is welcome to bring up to 2 kids. Rent-a-Dogs available if you don’t have your own. (Rent-a-Dog donations go directly to our rescue partner.)


Advanced Registration is Now Closed – On Site Registrations Welcome!

Please print, sign, and bring the registration and liability waiver paperwork, downloadable here:

The event takes place at the Ned Brown Meadow in Busse Woods. This is accessed from the Golf Road entrance to the park. If you enter Ned Brown Meadow into your GPS, you will find us. If you enter Busse Woods, you’ll be sent to the wrong park entrance. Once you enter off Golf Road, stay to your left. We’ll be checking people in at the 2nd shelter on your left. Watch for our sign. Maps of the location and route will be available soon. Please note that our route is not part of the paved paths. We meander through meadows and along forest edges. Please wear appropriate footwear! All dogs must remain on leash for the duration of the event. A liability waiver will be available online soon or can be signed at the event. The choice to allow your dog to interact with other dogs is a personal one and all attendees are asked to recognize and respect this, being courteous to other dog owners.

FetchnTails_Logo-3We’d like to extend a big thanks to our rescue partner, Fetching Tails ( providing “Rent-a-Dogs” for this event. If you don’t have a pooch of your own, you can sign up to borrow one for the duration of the walk…and just in case you fall in love with your temporary friend, Fetching Tails staff will be on hand to help you make it permanent!

Mark Faragoi, his dog Riley, and some of their amazing friends will be there as our special guests.  Among many credits, Mark and Riley have participated in the invitation-only Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge and have appeared the Late Show With David Letterman. Performances will take place at 10:30 and 12:30 and all Wonderdog Walk participants are welcome to watch the fun! Q&A with the trainers/owners will be available after each performance.

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In addition to the antics on our “main stage”, we’re also happy to have Rachel Fein of Cloud K9 Academy on site doing training demos and answering your individual training questions.

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If you are interested in volunteering to help with this event or your business would like to become a sponsor, please email There are many opportunities available.

We’d also like to thank our talented photographers who are donating their time for this year’s event: Emmalee Luckas Photography and Rob Myers, Photographer

Click here to see photos from the previous years’ event >