Aliante Trails & Tails event helps residents, visitors find puppy love

Sporting a flashy cap and snug shirt, Mr. Wiener spent a cool Saturday morning making friends and posing for the camera April 21 at Nature Discovery Park in Aliante. The dachshund was one of dozens of canines accompanying his human family to the master-planned community’s fourth annual Trails & Tails event, featuring a 1-Mile Doggie Stroll and a 5-K run to benefit Lied Animal Shelter. Over the years, the event has raised thousands of dollars for Lied Animal Shelter and resulted in homes for countless abandoned dogs.

Close to 1,000 people turned out for the Trails & Tails, which also included entertainment, booths from several areas businesses, and a dog adoption held by Lied Animal Shelter. Participants had a chance to “test drive” adoptable dogs by taking them along on the Doggie Stroll.

According to organizers of Trails & Tails, more than half of the many dogs brought from the shelter were adopted and went home with families before day’s end.

Mr. Wiener’s demeanor was as different as can be from last year’s Trails & Tails event, when he was one of the many dogs available for adoption.

“He is a whole new dog,” said a smiling Alexis Hilpiper, who adopted Mr. Wiener at the third annual Trails & Tails. “He was so downtrodden, but now he is quite the ham. We came back today to support the other dogs in need — and to let Mr. Wiener have some fun with his friends. He likes making new friends.”

Such are the success stories that motivate people such as Luanne Parson, adoptions manager of Lied Animal Shelter. Her shelter attends about 20 events throughout the Las Vegas Valley each year.

“We love family events such as Trails & Tails,” Parson said. “Of course the dogs in our shelters really love them. For some, it means finding a new home. Even for the others, it gets them out of the shelter for a walk in the park.”

Given the day’s success, Parson said the shelter looks forward to participating in Aliante’s upcoming Ice Cream Sunday and Pet Adoption to be held on Sept. 9.

“We get a great response whenever we come to Aliante,” she said. “As families move into new homes, they often find that they want to bring a dog into their lives. With the trails and parks everywhere, Aliante is a wonderful place to expand your family with a new dog.”

Following the 1-mile Doggie Stroll was the 5-K competitive race (exclusively for humans.) The overall women’s winner was 60-year-old Barbara Phillips, a resident of Pennsylvania, who finished in just under 23 minutes. Running with his arm in a sling, 17-year-old Parker Lecates took first place among men, managing a 6:01-mile pace.

Aliante is a development of North Valley Enterprises LLC, an affiliate of American Nevada Co. and Pulte Homes. Encompassing more than 1,900 acres, the master plan will have as many as 7,500 homes, with an anticipated population of about 20,000.

Home builders include Astoria Homes, Del Webb, KB Home, Lennar, Pardee Homes and Pulte Homes. Prices range from the upper $100,000s to the upper $600,000s. In addition, Del Webb is building the age-qualified Sun City Aliante community.

Aliante is bordered roughly by Grand Teton Drive, Centennial Parkway, Decatur Boulevard and Clayton Street. Interstate 215, the Las Vegas Beltway, intersects Aliante. About 428 acres in are designated for recreational use, including the Aliante Golf Club, the 20-acre Nature Discovery Park, Deer Springs Park, Aviary Park, more than 24 miles of lighted concrete trails and linear parks, and a arroyo.

To visit, take U.S.-95 north to I-215 Exit East. Head east on the I-215, exit at Aliante Parkway and proceed south.

The sales office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 866-787-2951 or visit

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