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Dogs, owners enjoy Poochapalooza


Christopher Andersson

Local dog owner Ashley Hanson, center, and her dog Sage run along an agility course sponsored by the Rainier Agility Team and Sno-King Agility Team being led by Sally Nickelson at Marysville's Poochapalooza on July 9.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes came out to Marysville's Asbery Field for the annual Poochapalooza put on by the Marysville Dog Owners Group.

This year's event was held on July 9.

"It's going fantastic. We lucked out on the weather and I see a big variety of dogs here," said Doug Buell, coordinator of this year's Poochapalooza.

"People are sticking around for most of the day and staying cool in the wading pools because it's starting to get kind of humid and stuffy," he said.

Visitors can have their dogs participate in the pie-eating contests, races or try out an agility course.

"I think they like that they can give their dogs a day off to come here and just play," said Buell.

There are also numerous dog-related vendors that come to Poochapalooza.

"I come every year. There's a lot of fun stuff," said local dog owner Teri Lester.

"There's treats and fun stuff, and just to see what they have," she said.

Many participants also just like interacting with the other dogs that come to the event.

"The dog likes the new experiences and seeing all the dogs," said local dog owner Ashley Hanson.

"It's great. We were here last year when my dog was just a pup and now she's one," she said.

Visitors come from all over the state.

"It's fun to have people from all over the Pacific Northwest come here with their dogs and just interact in a friendly event," said Buell.

He said that the dogs almost always get along with each other.

"I'm always afraid you get this many dogs in one location and it's going to be a free-for-all, but there's next-to-none of that," said Buell.

"For some owners they're hesitant to bring their dog to a place with that many other dogs, but they walk away getting along with dogs," he said.

Poochapalooza is put on by the Marysville Dog Owners Group.

"We just really love dogs and want to create a dog culture in Marysville that wasn't always there," said Buell.

"Once we had a dog park we wanted to create a community that likes having dogs and are responsible pet owners," he said.

The event also serves as an annual fundraiser for the group, which hopes to use the funds this year to buy picnic tables for the Strawberry Fields dog park in Marysville.

"We know there will be future dog parks in Marysville and we want to be involved with how those come about," said Buell.

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