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North Tahoe will Bark for Bahrke during Tails in Tahoe weekend

Two-time Olympic freestyle medalist Shannon Bahrke will be the special guest of honor at the inaugural Tails in Tahoe weekend June 5-6.

The two-day event will include a host of pet-related activities aimed at raising awareness about animal well-being and funds for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Events will be held in Tahoe City and the River Ranch Lodge.

Bahrke, a native of Tahoe City who won a bronze medal at the Vancouver Olympics, is an avid animal lover and will be honored with a homecoming celebration by the North Tahoe/Truckee community.

and#8220; I am truly honored and humbled to have a homecoming in my honor,and#8221; says Bahrke, a 1998 graduate of North Lake Tahoe High School. and#8220; I come from such a wonderfully supportive community and I am so excited to share my Olympic success with everyone. I certainly was the one who stood at the top of the course and skied, but what I donand#8217;t think people realize is every person from Tahoe has had a hand in getting me there. Helping animals is one of my passions and to be able to do this while Iand#8217;m back home is amazing.and#8221;

The weekend kicks off on Saturday, June 5 with the K-9 Encounters Pet Expo at the Boatworks Mall Green in Tahoe City. Activities will include Humane Society pet adoptions, a dog wash, a Kids Pet Art Show, the North Tahoe Frisbee Fetch Championships, an agility demonstration by the Ready 2 Run Agility Club, an and#8220;Ask a Trainerand#8221; session by Ace K-9 Academy, the Strut Your Stuff with Your Mutt Fashion Show and the Hometown Hero presentation to Shannon Bahrke. The Frisbee Fetch is open to the public and will include awards for the top competitors. Live music and an outdoor BBQ will complement the afternoon activities which run noon-3 p.m.

Sunday, June 6, the River Ranch Lodge hosts the Seventh Annual Truckee Duckee Derbee and the Dogz in Dudz Contest on its outdoor deck. The rubber duck races are called the and#8220;most unpredictable two minutes in Tahoe,and#8221; as the rubber duckies must negotiate the fickle currents and eddies of the Truckee River. Cost to sponsor a duck is $10 and the top five ducks are awarded a portion of the overall pot.

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The Dogz in Dudz Contest precedes the Derbee and prizes will be awarded to the most stylish and creative canines. There is no cost to enter the contest. All canine companions are encouraged to wear their favorite K-9 T-shirts (think Black Dog, Big Dog, Naughty Dawg). A special prize will be awarded to the crowd favorite.

Live music, a huge raffle and an outdoor BBQ add to the festivities.

Shannon Bahrke, who has two canine companions, will serve as the head judge for Dogz in Dudz Contest.

The TDD pre-race party starts at 2 p.m. with live music and registration for Dogz in Dudz. The costume contest will start at 3 p.m. followed by the TDD at 4 p.m.

The Tails in Tahoe and Shannon Bahrke Homecoming weekend is generously supported by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, the Kiwanis of North Lake Tahoe, Plumas Bank, Squaw Valley USA, Squaw Valley Freestyle Ski Team, Tahoe City PUD, Charter Communications, Suddenlink, Inside Tahoe Truckee TV, Squaw Valley Times, Tahoe Daveand#8217;s, Tahoe Staff, Tahoe City Downtown Association, West Shore Sports and Giant Bicycles.

For more information and pet-friendly accommodations log on to: gotahoenorth.com or call 581-0181.

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