More fun than you can wag a tail at!
9:00AM at the Starting LineGet your car parked early so that you can be a part of our exciting morning pet-rally at the Starting Line! KHS Executive Director, Aaron Winters, will welcome everyone and remind us all of the important reason we're all there: to help animals! After that, the starting line will open and you're we'll see you at the finish with our cheering squad!
2-mile Walking TrailStroll, power-walk or wiggle your way through 2 miles of wooded pathways. Along the trail you'll find plenty of fresh water at one of our four Watering Holes for you and your four-legged friends. Don't forget to stop at Watering Hole #3 for a photo taken by a professional photographer! Find the starting line just north of the parking area and finish south of the Food Pavilion.
Ultimate Air Dogs
Sponsored by Portage PrintingUAD, or dock jumping, has been a favorite event for years! You can pre-register your dog at the UAD website, or just come for the show. Walkers of all ages love to see the dogs diving into pool. Just make sure you stand back once they get out or you might get wet! UAD will be stationed between the Main Event area and the South Field. Competitors must park in the main parking lot. There will be no parking in the event areas to anyone.
Tony Hoard's K9 Crew Trick Dog Show
Sponsorship Available!The K9 Crew will be performing three 20-mintue shows featuring canine comedy, tricks and amazing high flying Frisbee routines. The “K9 Crew” has performed with the Indianapolis & Baltimore Symphony’s, Americas Got Talent season 4 (first animal act to make the top twenty), Good Morning America, Animal Planet along with NBA, MLB, NFL & College teams we have also been featured in 25 major newspapers.
Sponsorship Available!We have three photo areas waiting for you! Get an updated family photo that includes your four-legged children, taken by one of three talented local photographers. All photos are available for download about 10-14 days after the event. Photos will be taken with Nipper, our 6 ft. fiberglass mascot near the entrance of the event. We'll also have photos along the tree-line in the main event area and another photo area at Watering Hole #3. We'll also have roaming photographers capturing the moments as they happen.
Sponsored by Derspinna KennelsThe Main Stage is where all the important stuff happens! Join us for a pre-walk pep rally at 9am and music throughout the day. Located in the Main Event Area near the Pavilion. Grab lunch and wander over for some good music. Don't forget to come back for the Crazy Pet Contests, which will be on the Main Stage at 12:30pm!
Sponsorship Available!We have entertainment for everyone, including the tiny humans! Play in the bounce house, make cool things with noodles provided by Noodles & Co. and get your faces painted! Everyone is going to sleep good after the Dog Walk & K-9 Festival.
Doggie Dash Obstacle Course
Sponsored by Denney Veterinary ServicesThe Doggie Dash is a short and simple course but can prove challenging for even the most athletic dog. Hurdle over hay bales, run over ramps and lunge around the bend to make it to the finish line. Must be a registered Walker to participate. Try 3 times. Your best score will be used to qualify you for a trophy! The top 3 finishers (small, medium and large) will be awarded.
Crazy Pet Contests
Sponsorship Available!We know that every dog isn't an athletic superstar, so if physical activity isn't your thing, maybe your dog can reign supreme in one of our other competitive categories!
Dog and Owner Look-a-likes
Most Attractively Challenged Dog
Paw Print ArtStamp your dog's paw on an artistic print and keep it as a memory of your precious canine friend! Ink is non-toxic and washable. These one of a kind prints are a perfect way to remember your pet and this special event you celebrate together! Each print is $5.00; all proceeds benefit the Kalamazoo Humane Society. Find us near Ibison Concession!
Raffle TentWe'll have 30 great prizes to give away and you could win! Each registered Walker starts with 2 free tickets, but you can get more at the Raffle Tent. Tickets are 2 for $1.00. Ticket sales will end at 1:15PM and prizes will be drawn at 1:30PM. All prizes must be picked up from the KHS office no later than Friday, May 12 or prizes may be forfeited. We cannot ship prizes.