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Pet-a-Palooza 2015 coming to Rusch Park April 25

Pet-a-Palooza at Rusch Park in Citrus Heights
File photo, a dog races through a “doggie fun zone” obstacle course during Pet-a-Palooza 2014 at Rusch Park. // CH Sentinel

Updated April 6, 12:49 p.m.–
Thousands of dogs, and people, will again be coming to Rusch Park for what organizers are calling “Sacramento’s biggest free pet event,” filled with obstacle courses and splash areas for dogs, as well as on-site food and a “beer garden” for humans.

Sponsored by CBS Radio and the Sunrise Recreation and Park District, the 2015 event is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature live music from Colbie Caillat and Katy Tiz this year.

The annual Pet-a-Palooza event also promises to be kid-friendly, with a special area for inflatable jump houses, slides, face painting and a rock wall – along with vendor areas for local pet stores, veterinarians, and rescue groups. Pets will be available for adoption as well, according to a promotional webpage for the event.

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According to park district Recreation Services Manager Marty Buell, Pet-a-Palooza was first held at Rusch Park five years ago and currently draws about 7,500 to 10,000 attendees each year.

Last year’s event included a K-9 demonstration by the Citrus Heights Police Department, as well as a popular “Splash Dogs” competition which featured a 40-foot-long pool with a platform for dogs to take a flying leap.

[Watch 2014 video:Splash competition: small dog hesitates before jump into big pool

Rusch Park is located at 7801 Auburn Blvd. in Citrus Heights, and organizers remind pet owners to have current licenses and vaccinations. Leashes will also be required for all pets.

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