Canine costume parade at Botanic Garden

A young girl and her dogs enjoying the 2015 Trails 'n' Tails at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

A pet costume parade has been added to the 2016 Trails 'n' Tails Dog Celebration at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 13.

Also new this year is a 'Smooch a Pooch' photo booth. Snap away for pictures to share on social media.

K-9 Solutions is back with demonstrations. "Love Through Leadership" explores how to provide the kind of leadership a pet needs to feel safe in many situations dogs encounter. Participants can put those skills to work right away by joining K-9 Solutions on a pack walk through the garden.

A caricature artist will be on hand to sketch dogs, and vendors will be offering giveaways and offers.

"We love dogs here at the garden," said Executive Director Steve Windhager. "The garden is a living museum of California native plants, and there are not many other museums that are going to let your dog join you and sniff the exhibits."

The nonprofit Santa Barbara Botanic Garden was founded 90 years ago, making it one of the oldest botanical gardens focused exclusively on native plants. 

For more information about the Garden and Trails 'n' Tails, visit sbbg.org

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