Truckee Duckee Derbee and Dogs in Duds Contest to feature rescued Vick Dogs |

Truckee Duckee Derbee and Dogs in Duds Contest to feature rescued Vick Dogs

Rubber Ducky, you're so fine, especially if it's the winning duck at the Truckee Duckee Derbee.

They say every dog has his day. On June 7, two dogs rescued from the infamous Michael Vick Bad Newz Kennels will be the special pets of honor at the Sixth Annual Truckee Duckee Derbee andamp; Dogs in Duds Contest at the River Ranch Lodge. The Truckee Duckee Derbee (TDD) rubber duck races benefit the Humane Society of Truckee/Tahoe, and the afternoons festivities include live music on the outdoor patio, a BBQ, drink and food specials, a fabulous raffle and the hilarious Dogs in Duds K-9 costume contest.Uba and Jonny Justice, two pit bulls rescued by BADRAP (Bay Area Dog Lovers Responsible About Pit Bulls), will be the events first-ever pets of honor. Both dogs have been socialized and adopted and now live normal lives in loving homes. The Humane Society of Truckee/Tahoe is a huge supporter of the work BADRAP does, says HSTT Director Stephanie Hiemstra. They are truly committed to helping people understand Pit Bulls. Everyone is familiar with the terrible dog fighting operation that Michael Vick was running. Weve heard the stories about the abuse these dogs suffered, so this will be a great opportunity for people to meet a couple of these dogs and see how resilient and wonderful they are. Pit Bulls are such a misunderstood breed and the work that BADRAP does is helping us all learn more about them.It will be a great honor to have Jonny Justice and Uba as our special guests of honor at this years Duckee Derbee, says Hiemstra.The TDD pre-race party starts at 2 p.m. with live music and the Dogs in Duds at 3 p.m. The Derbee, which starts at 4 p.m., is billed as the most unpredictable two minutes in Tahoe. The rubber ducks must negotiate the whimsical currents and eddies of the Truckee River to the finish line at the River Ranch patio. Cost to sponsor a duck is $10 and the top three ducks win cash. There is no cost to enter the costume contest. Prizes will be awarded to the most stylish and creative canines. 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.This years entertainment will be provided by Darin Mr. Tahoe Talbot, who recently signed a distribution deal with Sony for the Around Tahoe CD, the ultimate Tahoe tour guide. The TDD is supported by the Kiwanis of North Lake Tahoe and sponsored by Charter Communications, Suddenlink, Inside Tahoe Truckee TV, Squaw Valley Times, Tahoe Daves, Ruffwear, Tahoe Staff, West Shore Sports and Giant Bicycles. Uba and Jonny Justices accommodations are provided by the Holiday House in Tahoe Vista, one of the North Shores pet-friendly lodging properties. For more information visit or call 581-0181.

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