Feature: Experience Pet-friendly Clark County
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Pet-friendly Clark County By Vivian Mattila Walikainen
Pets and their owners abound in Clark County. According to the Clark County website, over 100,000 dogs call it home! But many places of business don’t allow pets on their property, so where are the best places to play, explore and experience Southwest Washington with your pet?
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society in Washougal will host a similar event, Hike the Dike, on June 8. Community members are invited to participate in a 5K walk along the Columbia River, with or without pets in tow, followed by K9 demonstrations, kids’ games, food vendors and other entertainment. This year, Hike the Dike will welcome animal welfare celebrity, Amanda Giese, founder of Panda Paws Rescue and star of Animal Planet’s “Amanda to the Rescue,” as Grand Marshal of the event, leading the pack for the start of the walk. Also sponsored by HSSW is the annual Doggie Dive at Lakeshore Athletic Club’s outdoor swimming pool. Usually attended by about 200 dogs, this event is held at the end of the summer swimming continued on page 18
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Walk/Run for the Animals Photo credit: Humane Society for Southwest Washington
is a longstanding and popular event in Clark County. According to Kyra Phelps, marketing and event coordinator for Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW), 2019 will be the 28th Walk/Run, with more than 1,000 people participating at Esther Short Park on Saturday, May 4 to support HSSW’s efforts to care for and place local animals who need homes. In connection with Walk/Run, and leading up to the main event, Heathen Brewing Feral Public House in downtown Vancouver will host two “Yappy Hours” to support the same cause. Prizes, food, and drinks provide great socialization for pets and their owners. Phelps shares, “It’s such a great experience and so humbling to see all the animal lovers and support HSSW receives from our community.”
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Walk/Run for the Animals
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