An opening ceremony for the first-ever Doggy Olympics hosted by the NH Dog Walking Club is planned for Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.

The event will help raise money for the club's Charitable Partner’s Program, which supports Mary’s Dogs, Hero Pups, and Live and Let Live Farm.

The lineup for the games includes physical and mental challenges that allow owners to test their dog's abilities between now and Aug. 16.

Doggy Olympics Games include dock diving, bubble catching, bobbing for balls and ice cream eating. 

People can see the full schedule here. Events are scheduled in Concord, Dover, Epping, Lee, Milton, New Boston, Newington, and Somersworth.

Traci Bisson is a sustainable pet care expert and the owner and founder of It Takes a Village Pet Care, the NH Dog Walking Club and My Petcare Community. In 2020, Bisson was named a Northeast Credit Union Planet Protector along with two other women, according to her website.

Traci Bisson (Photo by Paul Briand)

The club is a for-profit business that works with charitable partners. Membership opens four times a year for 10 days.

Club members bring their dogs on hikes, to Long Sands Beach in York, Maine and to the Halloween event in Dover, NH, put together by Delise West. She owns Sit.Stay.Smile. Pet Photography.

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There is a growing dog-friendly movement in New Hampshire.

Bisson hopes to serve the entire state by the end of 2022 and the Mall at Fox Run in Newington is allowing dogs to be inside now.

Bisson and West were at a "Yappy Hour" at the mall in May where the formal announcement about dogs being allowed inside was made.

Individual stores have a sticker on their windows if dogs are allowed inside, or dog owners can ask.

Contact Managing News Editor Kimberley Haas at Kimberley.Haas@townsquaremedia.com.

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