Dog park has annual festival

Saturday’s Mutt Strut will feature competitions, costumes, games; funds go to Pooch Park



Beagle and Pembroke Welsh Corgi mix Rita spends time in a kennel Wednesday afternoon at Whitman County Humane Society. Dogs at the shelter will also be up for adoption after Mutt Strut, including Rita’s sister Roxy.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor

Pooch Park, an off-leash dog park run by the Whitman County Humane Society, is hosting its 11th annual Mutt Strutt Saturday in Reaney Park.

The event has a variety of activities for dogs and dog enthusiasts alike to participate in. Some of the festivities include musical chairs, a treat balancing contest and an ultimate pet trick competition, according to Mutt Strutt’s Facebook page. The final event is a doggy costume contest. Vendors will also be set up in the park for attendees to visit during and in between activities.

“[Mutt Strutt] is a place for people to go and have fun with dogs, volunteer and hopefully get as many dogs adopted as possible,” said Allie Taylor, a sophomore animal science major and volunteer at the Whitman County Humane Society.

For dog owners who wish to participate in the event, the registration fee is $20. This includes a Mutt Strutt T-shirt and two tickets to participate in games. The fees will go towards improvements at Pooch Park. If participants do not wish to bring their dog, the event is free.

The event begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday and ends at 3 p.m. After the event, the shelter will be open with animals that are up for adoption.