Considering that dog is man’s best friend, you’d think dogs would be welcome in more public places. Tragically, the practice of human-canine segregation is still alive and well in many American cities. Most dogs aren’t allowed at work, on the bus or in restaurants. Try taking your dog into the grocery store and see how long it takes the manager to ask you to leave. Luckily, there are some enlightened places where our four-legged friends are respected, places like the 10th annual Doggy Dash. On Saturday morning, hundreds of dogs and their humans will set out on a two-kilometer or five-kilometer run/walk to benefit the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and costs $25. (Humans get a free T-shirt with a paid registration.) The races start at 9 a.m. After you and your pet complete the course, hang around for entertainment by Hennigan’s Spinning Frisbee Canines and Haute Dawgs Agility Group. Doggie spa treatments, a “mutt show” and a Frisbee contest also are planned. The Doggy Dash happens at California State University, Sacramento. Call (916) 383-7387, ext. 9102, or visit www.sspca.org for more information.