Dogs, hiking and craft beer—they are all quintessentially Colorado. And so is the Dumb Friends League Wag `n Trail, an event that combines all three to help homeless pets at its Buddy Center location in Castle Rock.
The dog-friendly hike takes place Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon at Glendale Farm Open Space in Douglas County. Hikers can enjoy the 1.6-mile hike with their pups, a beer garden, silent auction, dozens of pet-related vendors, food trucks, music, adoptable dogs and access to a five-acre, off-leash dog park before or after the festivities.
“It’s one of our favorite events of the year,” said Matt Levien, Dumb Friends League Buddy Center director. “It’s fun seeing Coloradans come together to enjoy a beautiful hike with their pups while supporting the Buddy Center and the services we provide to the pets and people of Douglas County.”
Registration is $50 and includes a downloadable event photo of you and your dog, a photo frame, a bag of Hill’s Science Diet treats, craft beer or root beer and delicious ice cream for both you and your pup. Participants who contribute an additional $25 above the registration fee will receive a Wag `n Trail event shirt and dog bandana. Children 12 years old and younger can participate for free with a paid adult registration and will receive complimentary ice cream and root beer. Hikers can register at wagntrail.org.
If you already have plans on Sept. 22, or want to hike a different trail and still raise money for homeless pets, register as a “Virtual Hiker.” You can dedicate a hike of your choice to homeless pets any time before Oct. 22. Registration is $25 and includes a Wag `n Trail dog bandana. Participants can enter the virtual hiker photo contest by submitting a picture from their hike for a chance to win a doggie gift basket and a $100 gift card from PetSmart.
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