Dog Days of Summer!

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As the late summer sun beams down on Park City, we can't think of a better way to spend a day than getting out and about with our canine companions. The Dog Days of Summer is one of our most popular newsletters, and for good reason: people here in "Bark City" are crazy about their dogs!

We hope you enjoy the following canine-related news and events, as well as some fun ideas for spending time with your pups. Please take note of the increased emphasis on our local animal rescue organizations this year. Due to an increased influx of animals in our local shelters post-pandemic, these organizations need our help more than ever!

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SOLDIER HOLLOW CLASSIC MOVED TO 2024
Memorial Day Weekend 2024  |  Midway  |  Learn more!

This popular event is postponed to Memorial Day 2024 due to facility upgrades. The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation has secured funding to upgrade the Utah Olympic venues, including the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. Due to the extensive construction, the 2023 Soldier Hollow Classic will be on a brief hiatus. The anticipation is sure to make the comeback even more exciting! This new date, along with the venue improvements, promises to provide a bigger and better experience for all. Mark your calendars, and see you next year!

HELP WANTED
Our Local Rescues Need You!

Our community is fortunate to have some of the best animal rescue operations around, but they need our help! Many of our local shelters are operating at high capacities, and they could use assistance, whether in the form of fostering, volunteering, or donations. The Park Record did a great feature earlier this summer on the shortage of foster homes in Heber. Please consider helping out one of our local rescue operations!

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Paws For Life    |    Nuzzles & Co    |    Best Friends Animal Society

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STREET DAWG CREW OF UTAH

People experiencing homelessness who have pets often have difficulty accessing services. Fortunately, Street Dawg Crew of Utah is a nonprofit with a mission to serve the pets of the homeless and other low-income and vulnerable populations. They offer free pet food and supplies, promote positive and responsible pet ownership, and provide pet owners with low-cost pet resources.

Learn more here.

2023 CAUSE FORE THE PAWS
GOLF SCRAMBLE

August 29  |  Red Ledges  |  Learn more!

This is the 4th annual event! Participation will help save animals and support Paws For Life Utah. This year the need is urgent as our shelters are over capacity with an unprecedented level of animals needing help. Tournament details: 7:30 am light breakfast and registration, 9:00 am shotgun start. The format is a fun scramble with no handicaps.

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On the course, there will be fun contests with great prizes along with snacks and beverages. After play you'll enjoy a delicious catered lunch and silent auction in the newly renovated Red Ledges Clubhouse.  Presentations and awards begin 45 minutes after the first group finishes.

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HUGO COFFEE SHO P 

We consistently supp ort and endorse Hugo Coffee, and it is easy to see why. Through their initiatives that benefit our furry friends, this distinguished coffee destination infuses our community with both love and caffeine. Hugo Coffee's mission is to "rescue dogs by roasting and selling exceptional, fair-trade, organic coffee."

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WINE IS GOOD FOR DOGS?

Yes, but we have to drink it on their behalf. Thanks to a recently-announced partnership, Russian River Vineyards will be donating a percentage of sales of their Chester wines to Nuzzles & Co to assist their animal-rescue efforts. There are currently four Chester Wines available in Utah. Look for them at your local vendor.

Learn more here.

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HOW-TO: AVALANCHE DOGS

Ever wonder where avalanche dogs receive their training? We were pretty curious about this ourselves, so we found an article from SnowBrains.com that provides a deep dive into the rigorous process of training a patrol dog. We look forward to seeing our local team of avalanche dogs out on the slopes later this year!

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TRAIL ETIQUETTE TIPS

  • Dogs must be leashed at trailheads, in parking lots, and all other areas that are not designated as off-leash areas or dog parks.
  • Bring poop bags to pick up your dog's mess and keep the environment clean.
  • Make sure that you and your dog yield to other trail users.

Park City Dog Parks and Off-Leash Open Space Map

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TOP RECOMMENDED TRAILS IN PARK CITY

Round Valley Trails  |  Easy - 7.1 Mile Loop
An interconnected network of 30 miles of trails on 1,500 acres, Round Valley offers various terrains for both seasoned hikers and those looking for a leisurely stroll. Dogs will enjoy the expansive landscape and room to run free!

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McCleod Creek Trail  |  Moderate - 6 miles out and back
Another favorite! It's easiest to start at Willow Creek Park, where there's ample parking. This is an easy hike with McLeod Creek, meandering alongside the trail and providing some swimming fun.

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Rob's Trail  |  Moderate - 4.2 miles out and back
Rob's Trail is 4 miles long and gradually ascends alpine terrain with aspens and pines all around. Although the hike is moderately to fully shaded, there are no water sources. Also, be mindful of parking regulations on Bear Hollow Drive!

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Park City Pack Walks is an on-leash dog walking group that meets every other Sunday at various locations in and around the Park City area. "We are a non­-judgmental, owner-­helping­-owner group who understands the value of pack walks! We try to make sure our walks are comfortable and positive, and we encourage those pups that are a 'work in progress' to attend."

Dog-Friendly Swimming Spots in the Wasatch Back and Front

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OUR FAVORITE PARKS AND PONDS!

Run-A-Muk Dog Park & Trails  |  Park City
This favored park features nearly 2 miles of trails and 43 acres designated for off-leash enjoyment. Enjoy mountain vistas and views of the ski jumps at Utah Olympic Park.

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Willow Creek  |  Park City
Located close to Park City, Willow Creek Dog Pond is a haven for dogs that love water. With a shallow entry point and deeper sections for the more adventurous swimmers, it's ideal for cooling off during those hot summer days.

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Library Field  |  Park City
This spacious field north of the Park City Library and Jim Santy Auditorium is a local favorite, ideal for fetch-loving dogs. You'll find dogs of all breeds playing or resting in the shade while their owners mingle.

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Trailside Park  |  Park City
This park integrates a mix of structured dog areas and trails. With designated spaces for smaller dogs and a larger all-inclusive section, it also boasts a 1-mile off-leash trail. It's a great place for owners to soak in the natural beauty as well.

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Heber City Dog Park  |  Heber City 
A welcoming retreat in the heart of Heber, this park offers open spaces for dogs to roam and play. With clean facilities, shaded areas, and dedicated spaces for both large and small dogs, it's the perfect locale for a fun outing with your furry friend.

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Midway City Dog Park  |  Midway
Located at the base of Interlaken, by the Valais neighborhood, this large play area is securely fenced and provides a great space for socializing and play. With open grounds and seating areas for owners, it makes for a pleasant day out.

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A Full List of Local Dog-Friendly Patios

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Your pet deserves a spa day too! DoginHaus offers boarding services with climate controlled rooms, including both cooling and heating, comfortable elevated bedding, soft lighting, and music. There are no fences or cages in any of their lodging offerings, and their furry guests receive four to six hours of active daily play. A carefully selected couple lives on the premises, providing on-site care 24 hours/7 days a week.

PREP BEFORE YOU STEP
Before you venture out, make sure you’re packed and prepared. 

  • A collapsible water bowl and bottled water.
  • Their favorite toy or comfort object.
  • A pet first aid kit.
  • Essential meds, if any.
  • Poop bags - because nature calls

Pre-Travel Checklist for Air and Car

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AIRBNB'S DOG-FRIENDLY DIGS
Airbnb has increasingly recognized the importance of traveling with our fur companions. These tips will help when searching for accommodations:

•  Use the 'Pets Allowed' filter to narrow down pet-friendly stays.
•  Always communicate with the host about your pet to ensure a smooth stay.
•  Look for the “dog-friendly” badge; these hosts go the extra mile!
•  Check out guest reviews from fellow dog owners.

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Nuzzles and Co is a long-time standout of our local animal rescue organizations. Most animal lovers around here are familiar with their domestic pet adoption programs, but they offer so much more. We thought it would be useful to highlight some other supportive services offered by this outstanding organization.

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Training Classes: Nuzzles and Co offers a variety of group and individual training courses.

Purple Paws Program: This program provides a place where survivors of domestic abuse can leave their pets while they seek safe refuge and permanent housing solutions.

Community Clinic: The community clinic at Nuzzles Rescue Ranch provides affordable veterinary services for pets in the local community.

Snuggle Lounge: If you know anyone that needs some animal therapy, then the Snuggle Lounge could be the ticket! 

Rescue Boutique: The Rescue Boutique offers a great way to get some fun merch while also supporting Nuzzles and Co!

Beyond the programs mentioned above, Nuzzles and Co offers myriad ways to support our local furry friends. Take some time to look around their website, and please consider a donation to this cherished local organization!

ADOPTABLE DOGS  |  Click on their Photos to Learn More!

See All of Nuzzles & Co Adoptable Dogs

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Coming Soon - Our Fall Events Newsletter!

As the balmy "Dog Days of Summer" start to give way to the crisp whispers of autumn, we want to thank you, our cherished readers and fellow dog lovers, for joining us on this delightful journey. We hope you've found inspiration, joy, and perhaps a new spot or two to explore with your furry friend. Stay tuned because our Fall Events Newsletter is right around the corner, brimming with exciting events, tips, and stories for you and your canine companion. Until then, embrace every sun-soaked moment and cherish the tail-wagging adventures!

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