Run and play with your pet at the Dog Days of Summer Festival and 5K

By Alyssa Evans

Lake Padden Park in Bellingham will soon become a dog’s personal playground thanks to the Whatcom Humane Society.

The society’s annual Dog Days of Summer event will be held Sunday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park. The event will include a 5K run/walk and a festival. Attending the festival is free. The cost for participating in the 5K ranges from $20 to $125 depending on the number of participants in a group.

Registration for the 5K will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 10 a.m., when the 5K will start. Dogs and their owners will travel along the Lake Padden trail, located at 4882 S Samish Way. Registration is also available online.

The top three finishers will win prizes within their respective divisions. Participants will be divided into categories including men’s, women’s, kids and over 60.

The festival will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prizes and giveaways will be awarded to all dogs who participate. Games, contests and demonstrations will occur throughout the day, and other enticements include a pet caricaturist, an area for kids and a vegetarian food court.

Over 40 animal-friendly vendors will be present at the event. Vendors will include pet supply businesses, animal photographers, animal communicators, groomers, dog trainers, animal jewelry sellers and art sellers.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Whatcom Humane Society, which is an open-admission shelter. The society served over 4,000 animals in 2016, according to its website.

Information about the event is available at

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