Pups on Parade

Understand that this is not just another one of those health-frenzy runs-for-a-cure that have become so much a part of the weekend culture. The list of sponsors is the tip-off. In addition to the old standards such as Reebok and RunOn!, you've got support from the likes of Big Bark Bakery, Dee's Doggie Den, Happy Tails, Critter Concierge, Park Cities Pet Sitters and Pet Janitors. Get the picture? This one is the Dash for the Dogs 5K Fun Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, beginning at the White Rock YMCA, 7305 Gaston Ave. Bring Rover and Fido along (if they've got their rabies tags) to circle the lake and lend a financial hand to the Dallas Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Pre-register for $15 and you'll get a neat T-shirt and a packet that might even have a goodie for your canine pal. Late registration of $20 begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, and the run/walk gets under way at 9. Call 1-888-ANIMALS or visit www.spca.org. --Carlton Stowers

A Rose is a Rose

There's been a good deal of debate in recent years concerning whether Pete Rose, one-time baseball player and federal detainee, should be reinstated into the game he loves. For those not in the know, Rose (the game's all-time hits leader) was banned for life after it was learned that he bet on baseball and, possibly, his own team, the Cincinnati Reds. Rose has denied betting on the Reds and hasn't been overly thrilled with talking about his banishment. That doesn't mean you can't ask him anyway. Rose will be at the NorthPark Maggiano's for a Sports Legend Series on September 23. Tickets range from $195 to $495, and if he finally admits to betting on the Reds, contact me posthaste. Call 214-360-0707. --John Gonzalez

Puck Are Up

The Dallas Stars' postseason play last year left a bit of a nasty aftertaste. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks? Come now. But at least the man signing the paychecks wants to get things started off right this year. Feisty Finn Jere Lehtinen--a winger with the durability of a Toyota and a deliciously subtle scoring touch--has recently been re-signed to the roster through 2007. It's enough to elicit a hearty hockey hurrah from fans across the metroplex. To celebrate and pay homage, we suggest you head to the American Airlines Center on September 19 to catch some preseason action between the Dallas Stars and the New York Rangers. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Don't walk in late or you risk having a stray puck collide with your cranium. Ticket prices depend on whether you want to smell the players' sweat or get altitude sickness. Call 214-GO-STARS. --Mary Monigold

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