The dog days of summer are a lot closer than you think.
There are two upcoming events that are sure to get your tail wagging, including the second annual Bark in the Park and the first-ever Sooke Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides.
Bark in the Park is a fundraising event to build a dog rescue shelter in Sooke.
The event will feature live music, a silent auction, a 50/50 draw, food trucks, vendors and prizes. It takes place at John Phillips Park on June 23 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be handed out for best costume and best pet tricks. Tickets cost $20 and are available at Bosley’s in Sooke.
The Sooke Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is a fundraising event with hopes of building awareness on the difference a guide dog can make to Canadians with disabilities.
The event takes place on June, 10 at John Phillips Park from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Sooke Harbourside Lions and Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides are hosting the event.
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides has six dog guide programs, including vision, hearing, service, seizure response, autism response and diabetic alert dog guides.
Each dog costs an average of $25,000 and are provided free of charge.
The foundation relies solely on donations, corporations, and fundraising events such as the one coming up in Sooke.
For more information, to find a Walk and register or to make a donation, please visit walkfordogguides.com.