Some of the most energetic and high flying dogs participated in the Skyhoundz Disc Dog Competition. Tony Richardson, a Spokane Valley resident, took home first prize with his distinctive Australian Shepard/poodle mix. He admitted the cross occurred by accident but he likes the look of his long-haired and lanky canine. Richardson was definitely planning on competing next year at Valleyfest.
It looks likes there’s more people here and more vendors. It looks like a total success. (Tony Richardson)
The dog agility training demonstration drew very large crowds to the northern lawn of the park. Shelties, Border Collies and poodles leapt over high jumps, raced through the weave poles and darted through the open tunnel. The smaller the breed the more agile they ran the course.
Spokane Valley Fire Department brought out Mako, the first Accelerant Detection K-9 in Spokane County. Mako’s nose can detect accelerants down to 0.5 microliters which equals one-twentieth of a drop of water. Mako’s handler, Rick Frier, also brought a message to Spokane Valley youth about the importance of fire safety including: checking of smoke detectors, the dangers of playing with matches and the stop, drop and roll technique.
Just having an arson dog out there might deter someone from actually lighting something on fire. (Rick Frier)
John Demke owns and operates SpokaneFocus - a regional blog centered on events and locations in the Inland Northwest. He also works in marketing and communications field and posts content on how to get the most out of your in-house marketing efforts.