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Dog Days of Summer features canines, owners in crazy costumes

A dog seems to revel in its costume at the Whatcom Humane Society’s annual Dog Days of Summer Festival in 2011.
A dog seems to revel in its costume at the Whatcom Humane Society’s annual Dog Days of Summer Festival in 2011. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Dog Days of Summer, Whatcom County’s annual celebration of the canine, is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way.

Parking and admission to the festival are free.

All activities are at the park’s east entrance near the golf course, starting with a 5K run around the lake with dogs and their owners. Day-of registration, starting at 9 a.m., is $25 per person for the race, which starts at 10 a.m. Many participants and their pets come in wacky costumes.

Many of the retail and informational booths at the festival focus on pets in general and not just dogs, said Laura Clark, director of the Whatcom Humane Society, which sponsors the event.

Contests and events include: best tail and body wag at 11 a.m.; best costume at 11:30 a.m.; My Dog Ate What? at noon; So Ugly You’re Cute at 12:30 p.m.; NoseWork magic demonstration at 12:45 p.m.; best bark/howl at 1 p.m.; Doggie Disco Dance Party at 1:30 p.m.; Best Kisser, with dogs kissing Whatcom Humane Society animal control officers, at 2 p.m.; and peanut butter eating at 2:30 p.m.

For information, go online to whatcomhumane.org.

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