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Festival: It’s a dog’s life Aug. 23 at Lake Padden

Dunking for tennis balls is among the activities at the Dog Days of Summer Festival Aug. 23.
Dunking for tennis balls is among the activities at the Dog Days of Summer Festival Aug. 23. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom Humane Society’s Annual Dog Days of Summer Festival kicks off at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at Lake Padden Park with registration for a 5k fun run and walk for dogs and people. The race starts at 10 a.m., followed by a festival for all animal lovers.

The festival will feature doggie games, including Hound Hill, a huge mound of dirt stuffed with dog bones and toys; dunking for tennis balls; The Dewey Griffin Barked Slalom; the Hyline Hotel & Training Dog agility course; and “Paw-Casso” painting.

A caricaturist will draw pups’ pictures on a special T-shirt, and there will be canine contests include best tail or body wag, “So Ugly You’re Cute,” best costume, best bark or howl, and “My Dog Ate What?” Prizes and giveaways will be awarded to all four-legged participants.

More than 45 animal-friendly vendors will offer products for sale, giveaways and information. Participants include animal rescue groups, pet-supply vendors, animal photographers, animal communicators, animal-theme artists, pet groomers, pet-related businesses, dog trainers, and a vegetarian food court.

Register online at whatcomhumane.org or at the event. Registered participants receive a goodie bag and a doggie bandana (while supplies last). Details: 360-733-2080, ext 3014.

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