Peaks & Paws: Day Drinking for the Dogs

August 21, 2014

Peaks & Paws: Day Drinking for the Dogs

by Stacey A.

The Peaks & Paws Festival, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT), returns to Squaw Valley this Saturday for its fifth year. The $5 event takes place all day in The Village and features local bluegrass bands and a variety of family and dog-friendly activites. 

A happy dog at Peaks & Paws 2013, photo courtesy of Squaw Valley

Peaks & Paws is one of HSTT's biggest fundraisers of the year, along with the Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest, which took place two weeks ago at Squaw and was partially rained out. Last year's Peaks & Paws fell short due to wildfires and poor air quality advisories, but with temps in the high 70's and sunshine forecasted, this year's event is on track to make up for the weather-related shortcomings of past. 

Dog-friendly events run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and include a Squaw to Alpine 10k, a guided Granite Chief hike, an acrobatic and frisbee music and comedy show from K9 Kings Flying Dog's, a Fetch Fest ball retrieval contest, police dog demonstrations, and much more. Albert Lewis of will take pet portraits from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and HSTT will feature adoptable dogs and puppies from noon to 2 p.m. The Village will also be full of pet-related vendors. 

The Village during Peaks & Paws 2013, photo courtesy of Squaw Valley
Several bluegrass bands are also donating their time for the cause, many of whom have performed at past Peaks & Paws. Event organizers explain that "all the artists love playing this event because it’s for an amazing cause, it couldn’t take place in a more beautiful location, and the crowd is always a ton of fun." 
Angele and the Wild Wood Band open the event on the main stage from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. followed by Peaks & Paws staple, Bison Bluegrass, from 2-4 p.m. The Low Flying Birds play from 2-5 p.m. with Tahoe-favorite, Poor Man's Whiskey, closing out the main stage from 5-7 p.m. 


Poor Man's Whiskey, who played Peaks & Paws in 2010, return for an encore performance. 

In addition to the variety of dining options in The Village, Lagunitas has donated kegs of beer and Mutt Lynch Winery has donated wine, with all proceeds going to HSTT. Beer is $5/glass, wine is $6/glass, with $1 off during "Yappy Hour" from 4-5 p.m. (which also features an hour of free dog treats for the pups).

An entry donation of $5 will be collected at several different entrances around The Village and includes a complimentary event button. The donation is not mandatory, but it helps cover the costs associated with live music, professional canine performances, and event overhead.

Can't make it out to Squaw this weekend? Consider joining the HSTT's Heroes Now & Forever campaign. Everyone who donates before October 31st will be entered to win paintings by local artists Andrew Bolam and Annie Hooker.

A full event schedule is available here, more info on the event and HSTT here, and the Heroes campaign here.


Our intern, Stacey Alonzo, is an outdoor enthusiast, yoga instructor, aspiring journalist, Burner, and lover of food, drinks, live music, and travel.