As the band Baja Man would say, “Who let the dogs out?” On Saturday, June 5 Marysville Parks, Culture & Recreation is hosting the first ever “Poochella in the park” festival. No, I promise it is not like Coachella, the Valley Music and Arts Festival. It’s for your dogs!

From 10 am to 1 pm on June 5, bring your doggo and walk around Jennings Park to interact and meet vendors from various companies that focus on all things dog. The event will consist of three activities for you and your pooch.  “From the best animal care clinics to the Marysville K-9 police unit, to toys and treats, Poochella is destined to be an amazing afternoon for your and your human,” said Marysville Parks and Recreation Cultural Arts Supervisor, Chris Taylor.

The Jennings ballpark will be converted into a fenced-in playground and event area for the three events. You won’t be able to stop yourself from wagging your tail during this first event. If you go online and register your dog for “Dogsplay”, you can dress up your dog in a costume and participate in the costume showcase around the bases of the infield to model your four-legged friend. Beginning at 11 am, participants will start on Homeplate and make a homerun trot around the bases for all to admire. Afterwards, anyone who participated in the showcase will receive a participation coupon or prize.

If your dog has ever dreamed of becoming a star, the next event will make them perk their ears. At 12 pm noon, anyone who registered their dog can participate in the “Dog Tricks” event. Here, dogs will take turns on first, second, and third base. Once there, each dog will be allowed to show off one trick before moving to the next base. Similarly, to the last event, anyone who participates will receive a participation voucher or prize.

Hungry for more? The third and final event is the “Food-Walk.” Here, registered participants will be walking around a particular zone filled with a variety of dog-friendly food provided by Pupcakes LLC. A company that specializes in healthy gourmet snacks for dogs. Owners will be tasked with walking their dog while music is playing, once the music stops the dogs can race to the closest plate of food and eat until their heart’s content.

Taylor is especially excited about two of the vendors that are attending the event. The first company is “Save-A-Mutt,” a full fledged 501c3 rescue that saves hundreds of animals each year. According to their website, they work to find forever homes for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

The other company is “Dogs On Deployment.” Their website explains that military members nation-wide confront a multitude of problems during their careers, and the last thing they need to worry about is their pet’s care during their service commitments. As a result, the 501(c)(3) national non-profit provides an online network for service members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their owner’s service commitments. The organization prides themselves on promoting responsible, life-long pet ownership by military pet owners by advocating for military pet owner rights, providing educational resources and granting financial assistance for military pet owners during times of emergency.

Taylor explained that COVID-19 sensitivity protocols will be in place, including additional spacing among vendor booths, and multiple entry and exit points. He wants to reiterate that to keep everyone safe, owners are encouraged to keep their “Very Good Doggie” on their non-retractable leash at all times. And of course, keep some extra doggie bags handy.

Click here to sign up for any of the events.

Daniel Albert is an Award-Winning journalist majoring in Integrated Strategic Communications at Washington State University.