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Squaw Valley CA: Peaks and Paws Festival this August 27 & 28

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Enjoy a weekend with man’s best friend featuring live bluegrass, wine tasting and mountain events

The Village at Squaw Valley is paying tribute to man – and woman’s – best friend with the 2nd Annual Peaks and Paws Festival on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, 2011. Dogs and their owners can enjoy lively bluegrass music, delicious wine and an array of events and demonstrations specifically designed for furry friends. A line-up of some of the region’s most popular bluegrass acts will play in The Village each day from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., with outdoor events kicking off earlier in the day. All of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

The Dead Winter Carpenters will headline the festival along with a lineup of hit bluegrass acts including Montana Slim String Band and Brothers Comatose. The music compliments the perfect setting for sipping wine, sampling craft beers and enjoying the stunning mountain views.

The Peaks and Paws Festival hosts an evening wine tasting in The Village at Squaw Valley from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28—featuring savory and unique wines from 12 vineyards. The wine tasting costs $25 per day, with all proceeds benefiting the Humane Society. Refreshing Lagunitas beers are also available for $4 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The festival’s pet-partner events will kick off on Saturday, August 27 with the Mutt Strut – a 3K run for dog owners and pets. The run will start and finish in front of Squaw Dogs in The Village. The Mutt Strut costs $5 to enter, with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society. People without pets are also welcome.

Peaks and Paws welcomes two new pet-friendly hikes this year. On Saturday, August 27, people and pets can join a guided hike around High Camp, exploring the wildflowers and wildlife that live at el. 8200 feet. On Sunday, August 28, there will be a guided hike through the cascading waterfalls of Shirley Canyon. Both hikes start at 1 p.m. and are free of charge, though a Cable Car ticket is needed to access Saturday’s hike.

Sunday, August 28 also welcomes Peaks and Paws’ inaugural Fetch Fest at Cushing Pond. Starting at 3 p.m., the Fetch Fest will be a timed ball retrieval contest to see which dog can retrieve the most tennis balls from Cushing Pond before the time runs out. The Fetch Fest has a $5 entry, with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society.

To further support the Humane Society and those pets in need, this year pets can get their very own “Pet Pass” to ride the Cable Car. While the summer Cable Car is free for all well behaved and leashed pets, a minimum $15 donation to the Humane Society now gets dogs and cats their very own novelty pass with their picture on it. Pet Passes can be purchased in Squaw Valley’s Special Tickets Office.

Weekend Music Line-Up

Saturday, August 27
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Kate Gaffney Duo
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Montana Slim String Band
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Dead Winter Carpenters

Sunday, August 28
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Greenstone Quarry
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Blisses B
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Brothers Comatose

Peaks and Paws Festival at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn
Stay at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in one of their dog-friendly rooms during the Peaks and Paws Festival. $108 per person, per night. Package includes a delicious breakfast buffet, and the Inn is walking distance from the Peaks and Paws Festival at The Village at Squaw Valley. Click here or call 1-866-366-7261 to book.

About VIA Rail In Canada

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The VIA Rail train system serves more than 450 destinations throughout Canada; Dogs are allowed for transport in the baggage car for an additional fee, and they may be fed and walked during stops. Pets must be crated and crates are available at the station if needed. The fee for small dogs is $15 per train each way; a small crate is 22X13X16 inches and rents for $50. The fee for medium sized dogs is $25 per train each way; a medium crate is 24X18X21 inches and rents for $75. The fee for a large dog is $40 per train each way; a large crate is 36X24X27 inches and rents for $120. The fee for an extra large dog is $50 per train each way; an extra large crate is 48X30X33 inches and rents for $150. Most stations stops are no longer than 1 to 2 hours apart, with longer stops each 6 – 10 hours even on cross country trips. The Train goes coast to coast in Canada from Vancouver to Toronto to Halifax, from Prince Rupert to Jasper, and other routes covering most of Canada. Northern states United States dog owners might consider the route from Vancouver to Niagara, Windsor or other eastern points as a substitute for Amtrak or air travel with pets. Amtrak doesn’t allow pets at all, with you, in a crate, in baggage or any other way except for service animals.

Here is a link to VIA Rail

San Francisco: Cellar 360′s Yappy Hour on August 19

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Join Cellar360 in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square on Fri, Aug. 19 6-8pm for Yappy Hour! Bring your dogs & enjoy delicious Stags’ Leap wines by the glass, complimentary gourmet hors d’ouevres, complimentary dog treats, & a great chillaxin’, post-workweek vibe. Ease into the weekend with your best friend. Make new dog-loving, wine-appreciating friends. Please spread the word! We hope to see you there!
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