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Peaks, Paws, Pooches and People at Squaw Valley

It's a dog's day at Squaw Valley, August 23.
It's a dog's day at Squaw Valley, August 23.Photo courtesy of Squaw/Alpine PR

All that barking, splashing, and laughing you hear? It's all about dogs and their humans at Squaw Valley's Peaks and Paws Festival on August 23.

Melissa Brouse and Amelia Richmond, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows PR team, said that this years event is likely to draw more pooches and people than ever.

"Dogs and their people can enjoy two stages of live bluegrass music, a pet themed vendor village, dog-friendly 10K race, complimentary dog treats and activities specially designed for furry friends. A $5 donation is encouraged for entry to the event with proceeds from the festival benefiting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation", according to the PR duo.

A Squaw to Alpine 10k run/walk will kick things off at 9:00 a.m. Fido and family can have a rompingly good time on this dog friendly, and beautiful high mountain course.

The Festival has added a pretty amazing event, the K9 Kings Flying Dog Show. This has nothing to do with airplanes, and everything to do with dogs leaping and flying though the air in a quest to catch whatever is thrown and crosses their path. It's a bit on the amazing order, complete with music, costumes, laughs and human participation.

Find out what a Fetch Fest is at 2:00 p.m. Squaw Valley's famous Cushing Pond is the setting. How many tennis balls can your wonder pooch retrieve from the pond in the alloted time? A $5 donation gets you and Bruno the Wonder Poodle into the wet fray, which will be fun no matter what.

Fido and you can hike Granite Chief, have a brew during Yappy Hour, and visit the multitude of vendors in the Village. You never know what new gadget, doggie treat, or pet centric gizmo you need until you see it, and you're likely to see it here.

Music will be provide by Poor Man's Whiskey, Angie and the Wildwood Band, and Low Flying Birds in the Village.

If you and wonder pooch are planning to attend, keep in mind that the four legged member of your family will have to stay on the leash, except while fetching and swimming of course, while you are at the festival.