Don’t leave man’s best friend at home. If you love your fury family member and want them to be a part of your winter festivities, then bring them down to Red Lodge Ales from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24, for this year’s Monster Dog Pull.

Registration open at 10 a.m., with limited space and $5 fee. With six weight class divisions, the first 10 dogs to register will compete to be top dog in this good-humored race competition.

“It’s not taken too seriously. People just want to do fun things with their dogs,” said event coordinator Andy Simpson.

Contestants are harnessed to a sled and keg specific to their weight division. With the happy hound at the start line, owners lure their dogs to the finish line with whatever it takes to make them move their tails for a one-time pull of approximately 70 feet.

“I have seen people bring everything from a favorite toy, treats, even steak,” said Simpson.

Best race time is tabulated at the end of the pull. Winners from each division receives a toy prize.

“It’s just really fun. Everyone is smiling and laughing,” said Simpson.

For more information, call 406-446-4607, or check the Monster Dog Pull Facebook page, or visit redlodgeales.com.

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