Victoria’s eighth annual Pet-A-Palooza returned with the “running of the bulls” in 2018. (File contributed)

Victoria’s eighth annual Pet-A-Palooza returned with the “running of the bulls” in 2018. (File contributed)

Pet-A-Palooza brings ‘Ruff Mud’ race to Esquimalt

Annual event takes place in Bullen Park this year

This summer Esquimalt is going to the dogs.

That’s because the Township is hosting the ninth annual Pet-A-Palooza event. The free, pet-friendly event will allow dogs and dog enthusiasts alike to meet and partake in fun events.

This year the two-day event has a full schedule. Starting on Saturday, Aug. 17 is a “Ruff Mud” race. The 120-foot obstacle course is for dogs and their owners. Obstacles will include a hay bale jump, mud crawl, balancing on a plank, a dog wash station, weaving poles, a “ring of fire” and a ball pit. Registration is required for this race and is $15.

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Don’t forget the puppy yoga class, which will include puppies from the Victoria Humane Society. There is room for 40 people in each of the three classes offered, and pre-registration is required. Tickets are $15.

There will also be a chance for dogs to show off their speed; a wiener dog race and puppy stampede are scheduled for Saturday while two separate “Running of the bulls” races for French and English bulldogs are scheduled for Sunday.

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Sponsors from pet-themed businesses and adoption agencies will be stationed throughout the par, and attendees will be able to snag a swag bag from Pets West.

While a majority of events and booths target dogs, pets of all varieties are welcome as long as they are comfortable in a public setting with other animals.

The event will run on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Bullen Park.

For more information, you can visit petapaloozawest.com.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


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