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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - September 14, 2012

Put your pack together for Paws in the Park

Dog walk to raise money for Valley Humane Society

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Spend a day in the park with your family, friends and dog for charity. If you don't have a dog, Paws in the Park is a good time to acquaint yourself with the folks from Valley Humane Society, which provides wonderful dogs and cats to loving homes.

Paws in the Park, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave., is Valley Humane Society's second annual pledge-driven dog walk and festival to raise money to support its animal shelter and community services. Companies or groups of friends are forming "dog packs" to fundraise together and walk as a team. The goal is to raise $20,000.

The walk is about one mile around the park. Besides walking to raise money on the 23rd, walking your dog is good anytime, point out the organizers -- it is good for your health and that of your dog plus is a great way to bond.

As a thank you, the dog pack that raises the most money will be rewarded with a private Yappy Hour, sponsored by Main Street Meat and Fish.

The festival will feature lots of fun activities for dogs and their friends, including canine demos including Flyball, Nosework, Rally Obedience, Disc/Frisbee and Performing Dogs; a costume contest and a talent contest. For a complete schedule, go to http://pawsinthepark.valleyhumane.org.

There will also be gourmet food trucks, pet-themed vendors, fun for the kids, and educational clinics.

Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada St. in Pleasanton. Call 426-8656 or visit www.valleyhumane.org.

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