Mukilteo dog park turns 1 year old

Oct 30, 2013
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Italian greyhounds Rocco and Mussolini in giraffe Halloween costumes take a break from playing at the first birthday celebration of the Mukilteo off-leash dog park on Oct. 27. The dogs with the best costumes won a prize.

The Tails and Trails Dog Park off of Mukilteo Boulevard celebrated its first birthday on Oct. 27.

The party at the park near Japanese Gulch featured a pet Halloween costume contest, raffle prizes, local pet vendors and booths and free photos of the playing pups.

Nearly 100 people and 50 dogs celebrated the grand opening of the Tails and Trails Dog Park off of Mukilteo Boulevard near Japanese Gulch – in the pouring rain.

Many of the dogs came dressed in Halloween costumes. The Dog Park group awarded first, second and third prizes to the owners of the dogs with the best costumes.

Sheila Phillips won first place for the matching giraffe costumes her Italian greyhounds Mussolini and Rocco wore.

Second place went to Christine Schindler for her French bulldog Fudge’s skeleton costume, and third place went to Shelby Hatchel for the pumpkin costume her dog Sofie, a mixed breed, wore.

The birthday party was co-sponsored by the Tails and Trails Mukilteo Dog Park and Mukilteo Arts Guild.

It took three years of effort to establish Mukilteo’s own 3/4-acre dog park at 1301 Mukilteo Blvd., led by advocate Sally Osborn.

-Sara Bruestle

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