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BIG SKY – For dogs, Big Sky is heaven on Earth. And Camp Big Sky, the area’s oldest summer camp, is hosting a fundraiser celebrating this with a festival for the entire family.

“Dog Days is a way to get everyone, including the dogs who usually have to stay home, out for a fun day at the Community Park,” said Camp Big Sky director Katie Coleman.

The day includes a two-mile fun run for humans and canines, doggie dock diving, a parade (costumes encouraged), and an exhibition of your favorite stupid (and smart) pet tricks. In addition, there will be obedience, grooming, and working dog demonstrations; vendors of dog goods and services; dog collar cameras for rent; multiple dog treats and toys; and for human companions, root beer floats. A professional photographer will be on hand to shoot and print pet and owner photographs on site.

All events will have prizes; those who choose not to enter any can still browse, watch and socialize.

The event’s title sponsor is Pretty Paws, Big Sky’s new pet grooming salon. All proceeds go to support Camp Big Sky programming. For more information, contact Katie Coleman at, or just show up with your pooch and your family.


Registration for Dog Days of Summer is at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The following activities will also be included in the day:

Supervised Puppy Play Time – Look for the sign on the softball field for puppies six months and younger from 10 a.m. to noon. Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations, and children will not be allowed in this area.

Cake Walk – There will be a cake walk every hour on the hour (or until the cakes are gone) from 10 a.m. to noon. This will be located near the Pretty Paws booth.

Photos by Tom Ellis Productions – Enter the pet/owner look-a-like contest and get a photo with your pet.

Raffle – Prizes include two full grooms from Pretty Paws, a one-hour photography session outside with you and your dog, and dog toys.

Vendors – Pretty Paws will be on site grooming, trimming nails and more; Sewing Dog will have a variety of collars, leashes, treat bags and other creative items for you and your dog; Bozeman Body Talk will provide services for animals and humans.

9 a.m. – The DooDah Parade will feature Riley Belle Becker as Grand Marshall. Bring costumes for you and your dog.

10 a.m. – drug dog demonstration on the softball field

11 a.m. – Bring your running shoes for the 2.5 trail fun run

noon – Practice up for stupid (and smart) pet tricks at noon

1:15 p.m. – duck race

1:30 p.m. – dock diving

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