Puyallup has no shortage of outdoor events this summer, intent on getting people out and active in the community — and for one particular event, man’s best friend is invited, too.
Hounds on the Hill, a two-mile walk that benefits both the Puyallup South Hill Rotary and the Puyallup Parks and Recreation Department, is having its 5th annual walk at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 20 at Bradley Lake Park.
“All proceeds go toward local community charities,” said Trish Cole, event organizer and past Puyallup South Hill Rotary president.
The money raised by Hounds on the Hill, which is one of three major fundraisers scheduled by Rotary throughout the year, will go into the Rotary’s fund to be split accordingly toward local causes. Some of the causes include helping local homeless families and funding scholarships.
Past beneficiaries include Step By Step, which helps at-risk mothers and children, Metro Animal Services and Helping Hand House, which works to prevent homelessness in Pierce County.
Volunteer students from Emerald Ridge High School are tasked to set up four areas of obstacles to appear throughout the walk for the dogs to complete. One obstacle features a ramp for dogs to go up and down on.
As part of the rules, the dogs have to stay on leashes, so owners must work with their pets to complete the obstacle courses.
There’s all kinds of fun stuff for both dogs and humans.
Trish Cole, Hounds on the Hill organizer
“There’s all kinds of fun stuff for both dogs and humans,” Cole said.
Aside from the walk, there will also be “doggie dashes” where small, medium and large dogs can race against one another. Near the end of the event, a contest will be staged to decide which dog will win the titles of Best Dressed, Best Kiss and Best Trick.
A musician will provide other entertainment, and military dogs will also make appearances. Face painting will be available for children, and cotton candy, snow cones and pizza will be provided from sponsors.
There will be goodie bags for those participating, filled with treats for both humans and pets alike.
Participants can register online through houndsonthehill.org or at 9 a.m. at Bradley Lake Park the day of the event.
The first Hounds on the Hill event took place on the Pierce College campus, but with increased participation, the event has moved to a bigger arena.
Cole continues to see positive feedback, not just locally, but across neighboring counties.
“We pull from everywhere,” she said. “We really encourage people to participate in the walk and enjoy the event.”