Trails n Tails

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To Celebrate National Dog Day Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Presents “Trails 'n' Tails”

July 24, 2013

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara, CA – July 30, 2013 – In honor of National Dog Day, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is pleased to announce “Trails 'n' Tails” with a special invitation for the community to bring their four-legged friends to the Garden on Saturday, August 24, 10am – 4pm. This event began as a way to let the community know that the Garden is always dog-friendly (there is even a Doggie Membership!), but has truly grown into a celebration of all things canine. Always dog-friendly, the Garden's dog-centric activities will include:

  • ONE FREE Admission for Visitors with a Leashed Dog
  • “Who's That Doggie in the Garden?” Photo Contest
  • On-Site Filming of Dog/Owner Interviews/Vignettes
  • Dog Vendors with Free Giveaways & Offers
  • “Pawcasso!” Dog-Art Activities
  • Canine Sculpture Exhibit & Presentation by Susan Bahary
  • Doggie Prize Raffle
  • Doggie Docent Tours
  • Santa Barbara Police Department K-9 Demonstration
  • Dog Adoptions

image of Sculptor, Susan Bahary at the unveiling of the John Douangdara and Bart Memorial Bronze in Siouxland Freedom Park, South Sioux City, Nebraska, Memorial Day weekend, 2013The Garden's fourth annual event offers one free admission per leashed dog and includes a number of new activities this year. Among them an exclusive exhibit by locally-based, nationally acclaimed sculptress, Susan Bahary. Ms. Bahary will be displaying more than a dozen of her canine and equine sculptures in the mediums of bronze, fine art acrylic, and resin, including her well-known service dog memorials. She will discuss the stories behind her subjects at Noon and 2pm and answer any questions about her work. Renowned sculptor of dogs, horses, and human form, Susan Bahary creates monumental public work, private commissions, and limited edition pieces. Ms. Bahary loves capturing the form and spirit of her subjects in lifelike bronze, fine art acrylic and stainless steel sculptures. Her works are displayed in museums, universities, military installations, and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

“I'm thrilled to be able to show my work in the beautiful setting of the Garden,” said Ms. Bahary. “This incredibly dog-focused event was the perfect opportunity to share these pieces with the community and tell them about the compelling stories behind their subjects.”

Also featured this year is the Pawcasso! dog-art workshop made possible by volunteers at Operation Freedom Paws. Based in Gilroy, this organization's mission is to provide service dogs to veterans and others with disabilities to help transition into and actively participate in their communities. Volunteers will be working with the Garden's furry visitors in creating original artwork to take home.

image of book cover for Going to the DogsOjai author Louise Heydt will be reading excerpts from her new book Going to the Dogs: an Incredible True Story, published by Sunstone Press. Be one of the first in Santa Barbara to hear the tale about three dogs and a spirited horse who tell their stories in their own words with the help of an animal communicator and their Mom. Experience this family's joy, pain, and love, and the author's odyssey of caring for them.

“We wanted to hold this event to draw attention to the fact that the Garden is always dog-friendly,” said SBBG Executive Director, Dr. Steve Windhager. “Our easy-to-walk paths and beautiful landscapes are the perfect settings for leashed dogs…and their owners too.”

Visitors are encouraged to pose for the “Doggie in the Garden” photo contest. The winning dog will be the face of 2014 Trails 'n' Tails. Drawing prizes to be awarded include gift certificates for dog grooming and pet medical care, a dog gift basket, and an art piece of their beloved pooch created exclusively for the winner. Drawing tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10 and winners need not be present to win.

“Trails 'n' Tails” is generously sponsored by CARE Hospital, Santa Barbara Humane Society, Camp Canine, Dioji, KEYT-TV, Santa Barbara ParentClick, Advanced Veterinary Specialists, Petcentric, Fess Parker Hotel, Equine and Canine News, Louise Heydt, and The Pet Pal Pet Sitters.

To arrange an interview or request high-resolution photos or broadcast quality B-roll, please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager, at 805-682-4726 ext. 132

As attendance is limited by our Conditional Use Permit, only 205 people can be allowed into the Garden at one time. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation via MTD's bus number 22 on the weekends. All dogs MUST be on-leash to enter the Garden.

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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

To arrange an interview or to request high-resolution photos, please contact:

SBBG Communications Coordinator
(805) 682-4726 ext. 132