As part of its Wags for Bags campaign, the Mad River Path Association (MRPA) has partnered with The Valley Reporter to sponsor a poster contest for kids (pre-K to sixth grade) to promote proper doggie and dog owner decorum on the path and other public places, such as the farmers’ market.


The goal of the Wags for Bags campaign is to provide information to the public about local dog ordinances, requiring dog owners to leash their pets in public places and to clean up their pet’s waste. It is also a celebration of dogs and the path, underscoring the idea that with a little effort, dogs and the Mad River Path can coexist.

“What does good doggie decorum look like to you? It could be walking a leashed dog on the path or a dog owner picking up their pet’s waste and disposing of it properly in a dog waste station or other waste receptacle or a dog sitting and looking both ways before crossing a road,” said path director Autumn Foushee.

The contest begins May 12 and will run for two weeks with posters due to the MRPA office in the General Wait House by noon on May 27. Posters should be 9 inches by 11 inches, done with markers or crayons. Winners will be announced on June 2 in The Valley Reporter.

The top three winners will receive a prize for their pet and will have their posters displayed at the MRPA trailhead, in The Valley Reporter and on The Valley Reporter’s website!

As part of the campaign, MRPA is also rolling out 10 new dog waste stations, which will be placed at MRPA trailheads around The Valley. These stations will help dog owners to be more responsible in cleaning up after their pets.

Local residents and businesses sponsored the stations. Small Dog Electronics, the Mad River Valley Rotary Club, the Waterbury Veterinary Hospital, and the town of Waitsfield all donated funds for the dog stations, which feature biodegradable bags and waste can liners.

Share your creative ideas of what proper doggie decorum should look like as part of the Wags for Bags campaign! For more information, contact MRPA at 496-7284.