Join the Pack Walk Challenge with EDF
Dogs give us their whole lives and their whole world.
Research has shown that dog owners experience less stress, anxiety and depression, feel less lonely, and get more exercise than average.
But the world we’ve created to share with them can be fraught with dangers, including the worsening threat of climate change.
EDF is teaming up with Amazon Prime Video to celebrate the unrivaled bond between dogs and humans while helping to make the world safer for us all.
On Saturday, you can unlock a limited-time $3-for-$1 match on your gift by stacking our $2-for-$1 Year End match with a 24-hour $1-for-$1 flash match from Prime Video, up to $33,333.33!
Prime Video presents: The Pack
Hosted by Gold Medalist skier Lindsey Vonn and her dog Lucy, the new Amazon Original series, The Pack follows twelve dogs and their human companions across multiple continents as they compete in fun and exciting challenges to earn a cash prize for themselves and the animal charity of their choice.
At stake at the end of this unforgettable journey a life-changing prize is at stake — $500,000 for the winning duo and $250,000 for an animal charity of the winner's choice.
Join the Pack Walk Challenge
Don’t sit! Don’t stay! Join our pack and strut your stuff during the Pack Walk Challenge, sponsored by Under Armour Connected Fitness.
Starting Friday, November 20th, use MapMyFitness and MyFitnessPal apps from Under Armour to participate in “30 Miles in 30 Days” (MapMyFitness) or “20 Workouts in 30 Days” (MyFitnessPal) to help us achieve the largest global pack walk ever, while helping you and your pet stay healthy and strong!
After completing the Challenge, eligible participants will have the chance to win a prize package, including four roundtrip tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies. Fans everywhere can get pumped up with a playlist curated exclusively for the Pack Walk Challenge from Amazon Music.
Unlock a $1-for-$1 bonus match from Prime Video on November 21
During the course of the Pack Walk Challenge, pet parents are encouraged to donate to three worthy charitable organizations right in the app that are working to keep people healthy, clean up our environment and to help every dog live their best life.
To honor the spirit of charity at the heart of The Pack, Prime Video will generously match EDF member donations up to $33,333.33 for a 24-hour window beginning November 21st.
Make a donation of $25 or more to request a "Climate change is ruff!" doggy bandana or collapsible travel water bowl with your gift. If you share your pet's name, you can even make your donation in his or her honor.
Your gift must be made through the in-app link or EDF.org/PackWalk to access the bonus match and doggy-themed gift items.
Tips to protect your dog from climate change
Tip #1: Keep your dog cool and hydrated
Because dogs have a limited ability to regulate their body temperature, by panting rather than sweating, temperatures of just 90°F (32°C) can make our pups vulnerable to heat exhaustion and heatstroke which can lead to brain damage, heart damage, and in extreme cases, even death.
Staying in the shade, walking at cooler times of day and ensuring your dog has access to fresh water can help keep your doggy safe and cool in the summer.
Tip #2: Protect your dog's tender paws
Dogs who walk on pavement risk burning paws when extreme heat is absorbed by concrete and asphalt. On a day with an average temperature of just 80°F (27°C) concrete sitting in the sun all day can reach 135°F (57°C) — hot enough to fry an egg!
Before crossing the street, check the temperature by placing your hand on the pavement. If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your dog's feet! Find another route, wait for a cooler time of day or put protective booties on your dog's feet.
Tip #3: Make an emergency evacuation plan
Extreme weather events like hurricanes, floods and fires that often separate dogs from their families are becoming more frequent and intense. In 2017, hundreds of pets were displaced and abandoned when Hurricane Harvey struck Houston. Emergency shelters often deny entrance to families with pets, while others are unable to reach their pets in time to rescue them when disaster strikes suddenly.
Tip #4: Keep your pet safe from mosquitos and ticks
As our environment heats up, dogs are at increased risk for contracting debilitating and sometimes fatal diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, and heartworms. That’s because hotter, wetter conditions allow ticks and mosquitos to breed in greater numbers, occupy a wider geographic range and survive longer into winter.
Always check your dog for ticks after a walk outside, don't allow standing water to collect around your home in the summer, and ask your veterinarian if preventive treatments are an option to help your pup repel disease-carrying insects before they cause harm.