If your pooch's flabby paunch is starting to rival your beer gut, it's time to get that mutt some exercise. Take a hike with your canine companion on Saturday, March 5, when local no-kill animal organizations Paw Placement and For the Luv of Dogz, along with the Canine Hiking Club of Arizona, hold their annual 1-to-3-mile fund-raising hike in the Arizona Horse Lovers Park, 19224 North Tatum Boulevard. In addition to the hike, Trail Trek 2005 includes plenty of adorably pathetic pups up for adoption, a silent auction, a raffle, and more than 25 pet-related vendors. Same-day registration starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by the hike at 9 a.m. Fees are $20 per person, $40 per family. Money goes toward finding homes for homeless dogs and cats. Call 623-516-9422 or see www.pawplacement.com. -- Ashlea Deahl
courtesy of Monica Aguirre
Your lovely spring hike can help little guys like this find a home -- and a stylin' sweater.
The noble ostrich, blissfully unaware that from the wings down he looks like an extra in Moulin Rouge
courtesy of ASU
In this case (ASU vs. U of A), it might be over even before the fat lady sings.
The annual rite of spring -- no, not Cactus League -- has the Arizona State University men's basketball team bending over once again for the Wildcats from down south when the Sun Devils "entertain" the University of Arizona at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Wells Fargo Arena, Sixth Street and Stadium Drive in Tempe. For tickets, $5 to $35, call 480-965-2381. -- Joe Watson