The Mutty Paws Dog Hike offers 4-legged family fun

The Mutty Paws Dog Hike offers 4-legged family fun

A new event at Camp Tuscazoar, the Mutty Paws Dog Hike, aims to provide fun for the whole family including those family members with four paws.


A new event at Camp Tuscazoar, the Mutty Paws Dog Hike, aims to provide fun for the whole family including those family members with four paws. Participants also may have the opportunity to interact with a rescue dog.

“Vendors with rescue groups are bringing dogs with them that will need walked,” said Sue Hardesty-Ritenour, one of the organizers of the event. Co-organizer is Valerie Stroh-Kline.

Participants also may bring a dog food item for Black Dog Food Pantry and help pets in need.

The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 14. Cost to register is $20. Registration forms are available online at or at the Nicole Donant Mineral City Library in Mineral City.

Also featured will be a demonstration by deputy Mike Creager and his K-9 partner Fygo of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office at 2 p.m.

“The event is being held to bring community awareness of the camp and what it has to offer to the community,” Hardesty-Ritenour said. “It’s not just for Boy Scouts. It’s a great place to enjoy nature.”

Camp Tuscazoar, located at 6066 Boy Scout Road along a Dover rural route, is a nonprofit recreation area founded nearly 100 years ago by Scout leaders and today is run by the Camp Tuscazoar Foundation and other volunteers. It is open to the community and encompasses more than 600 acres of wilderness for hiking, biking and horses.

The event is hosted by the Camp Tuscazoar Foundation and the Towpath Trail Snack Shack, which will have a variety of food available including bison bratwurst, Alaskan (caribou) hot dogs, all-beef hot dogs, trail snacks and beverages.

The event has grown quickly. “After I spoke with vendors at an adoption and wellness event in Canton to see if they would be interested, I began receiving calls from them and other vendors asking if they could come,” Hardesty-Ritenour said. “We’re really excited about it.”

The first 100 registrants will get a backpack sponsored by community businesses. NULO Pet Food has donated dog bandanas, Design Restoration/DKI has donated collapsible water bowls and Heritage Country Store of New Philadelphia has donated 1-pound bags of dog food. Also included in the packs will be water and treats for dogs and people.

Vendors include NULO Pet Food, Wiggly Butts Dog Training, Paw Crazy Rescue, Good Boy Bakery, Save-A-Mom, Black Dog Food Pantry, Towpath Trail Snack Shack, Akron Running Dogs Runners, Healing Waters, Bow Wow Bungalow, Geib Funeral Home, Carrie’s Canines Training and Activity Center, J & J Loyalty Grooming, Tuscarawas County Humane Society, Paws & Prayers, Wag Swag, Rush 2 Rescue, The Family Pet Mobile Vet Hospital and Woof Pack Trails.

The event also will feature raffle baskets including two REI packs, trekking poles and items for dogs. All proceeds from the event will benefit Camp Tuscazoar.

All dogs must be leashed, current on vaccines and friendly. Participants are required to pick up after their dog, and bags will be provided. Dogs may be accompanied by multiple human walkers from the same household, making this an event for the entire family.

“This is not a guided hike. Participants will be able to explore all the trails at Camp Tuscazoar on their own,” Hardesty-Ritenour said.

For more information visit the Camp Tuscazoar Mutty Paws Dog Hike page on Facebook.

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