WALLA WALLA - The local kennel club is reaching out with leashes in hand to let people know they've been a part of their community for 78 years.
"We still run into people every time we are at the show that say, ‘Oh. We didn't even know we had a kennel club here.' And that is our mission. We want people to know we are here," Walla Walla Kennel Club President Debbie Sutor said.
On Saturday, club members held a community dog walk to help boost awareness and membership for the club.
A half dozen dogs and their owners walked from Providence St. Mary Medical Center to the Walla Walla Farmers Market.
The dog walk was followed with the club's yearly picnic at Pioneer Park.
The kennel club has close to 40 members; cost to join is $10 a year for an individual and $15 for a family.
Members take part in free monthly educational seminars that deal with basic dog health, showing animals, agility competition tips and other dog-related topics.
Each spring, The Walla Walla Kennel Club holds one of the largest AKC dog shows in the region, with an average of about 800 dogs entered, Sutor said.
Next month, the club will host a dog walk around Jubilee Lake, with the date to be determined.
On Sept. 9, the club will host its annual Dog Fest at Lyons Park in College Place.
For more info, go online to wwkc.org.