1. It’s fun. Who doesn’t love seeing a pug dressed up like a banana? About 3,000 dogs (and their owners) participate. The humans are encouraged to dress up too.
This year there will be five contests: Dress to the Canines Costume Contest, Who’s got the voice? (best barking/howling/singing), Happy Tails to You (most enthusiastic wag), and Heinz 57 (If everyone asks you who your daddy is, and you don’t really know, this one is for you).
2. Idaho’s largest dog walk raises money for the care of roughly 14,000 animals that come through the Idaho Humane Society each year. That’s not just cats and dogs. It’s everything from guinea pigs to goats. The fundraising goal this year is $100,000.
3. It’s a bye week for Boise State football. Fans of the pigskin and the pug don’t have to divide their loyalty or rush around to participate in both events this year. See Spot Walk is always the first Saturday in October, but the Broncos’ schedule sometimes has games on the same day. Woof.
4. Don’t have a dog? No problem. The Mutt Strut is designed to give prospective dog owners a look at some of the dogs available for adoption at the shelter. Those who do have dogs can get them microchipped, vaccinated and licensed at the event.
5. There will be 60-plus vendors. Most will be selling dog-related items, but there will be a couple of feline booths, including The Cat Doctor.
6. The weather will be nice. There’s no rain in the forecast. But be sure to dress warm because there could be frost in the morning. It will be about 55 by noon. The event runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Julia Davis Park.
7. There will be food vendors. Scooby snack, anyone?
Pick up registration forms at Carols Design House, the Adoption Center at Pet Smart, any Zamzows and the Idaho Humane Society. Register online by clicking here.