Dog days of summer

Classy Canine 4-H Club hosts first-ever canine walk fundraiser Saturday

Tails and tongues surely will be wagging Saturday.

The Classy Canine 4-H Club hosts its first ever Tails on Trails dog walk fundraiser at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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"It's just going to be a fun walk where you can go out and walk your dog and have fun," club president Jordan McLeslie said.

Event registration is at 9:30 a.m., and the walk starts at 10. The course spans about two miles, and organizers will have water and prizes waiting at the end for participants.

McLeslie, 13, said every dog receives a bandana and the choice between a travel bowl or a toy.

The cost is $10 for those who pre-register by Friday or $12 for those who register Saturday at the event, plus $2 for one additional dog. Each human participant is limited to two dogs.

McLeslie said all breeds of dogs are welcome.

"It's for big, small, any size," she said.

But she asks that aggressive canines stay home.

All dogs must be on leashes but cannot be on retractable leashes.

So why should people attend?

"I think it'll be fun for them and for us," McLeslie said. "Their dogs will get a lot of exercise."

Plus, the money will be used for worthwhile expenses, McLeslie said.

Classy Canines, which boasts 13 members, meets weekly to work with their pets on showmanship and obedience training.

McLeslie said she enjoys participating in the group because she loves dogs and makes new friends.

"It's just really fun, and I really enjoy it," McLeslie said.

McLeslie said money raised Saturday may be used to purchase dog training equipment and a show ring. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of Moffat County, which will have repres-entatives on hand Saturday hosting a fundraiser of their own.

After the walk, the Humane Society will host a contest for participating pets in the following categories: Tallest and shortest, best trick and best costume. The cost is $4 to enter one or all three of the categories.

For more information on Tails on Trails or to pre-register, visit Precision Auto Service at 1294 W. Fourth St. or the Colorado State University Moffat County Extension Office at 539 Barclay St.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

What: Tails on Trails dog walk fundraiser

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: Loudy-Simpson Park

Cost: $10 by Friday or $12 Saturday, plus $2 for one additional dog

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