Animal shelter to host family event at Mt. Baker Farm

The rolling hills of Mt. Baker Farm are the backdrop to an end-of-summer extravaganza for kids, parents and furry friends.

The Orcas Animal Shelter is presenting The Dog Days of Summer on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with shows by the K9 Kings, food and craft vendors, train rides and more.

“Hosting an event affordable for families and featuring rescue dogs has been a dream of the animal shelter for years,” said Executive Director Marsha Waunch. “We’re so lucky the K9 Kings could arrange their schedule to come to Orcas for the Labor Day weekend.”

There is a suggested donation of $10 per adult and entry is free for kids 13 years and younger. All donations will benefit the shelter. Dogs are welcome to attend but must be on leashes at all times. Owners are responsible for picking up waste.

The K9 Kings Flying Dog Show features acrobatic canines doing tricks and routines with handler J.D. Platt. It is a mix of high-flying entertainment, music, comedy and audience participation. The dogs are also available afterward to meet audience members. Show times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the half-hour performances. Bring folding chairs or blankets to watch the show.

For the past 21 years, Platt and his pooches have brought their program to millions around the country. Platt also competes at disc dog events and has earned numerous titles. He was featured on Animal Planet’s “Pet Star” and appeared on the CBS show “Greatest American Dog,” where more than 100 million people saw him compete for $250,000 with his dog Galaxy.

When not watching the K9 Kings, audience members can browse wares from the Forest Ceramic Company, Carol Anderson jewelry and Sea Starling Fine Metalwork and buy dog toys and treats donated by Pawki’s for Pets. Children can enjoy train rides around the property and a bounce house hosted by the Orcas PTSA.

Food offerings include Bill Patterson’s gourmet sausages, Salvadorian dishes and cotton candy as well as a beer garden from Island Hoppin’ Brewery, which donated all the brew. Meals and beverages are not included in the entry fee.

“Are you a dog lover looking for a great way to enjoy the holiday weekend? Islanders, visitors and dogs of all ages are invited to join us for a fun-filled day that celebrates the joy that dogs bring to our lives,” said Sally Hodson, shelter board president. “Come visit our Orcas Animal Shelter booth to learn how we help animals in our community, find great gifts for your dog and paint a bandanna with cool dog art.”