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Kenmore is letting the dogs out

KENMORE - Mang Park will be going to the dogs June 23 for the Kenmore Village Improvement Society’s (KVIS) Dog Days of Kenmore, sponsored by Northtown Subaru. From noon to 4 p.m. lovable canines and their owners can partake in a celebration of all things dog and the enjoyment they bring to families.

“We always like to communicate how much of a family oriented community Kenmore is with the children’s concerts we host and other holiday themed events, but we realized that we hadn’t been considering a very important member of our families – our dogs,” said Melissa Foster, KVIS president.

The day will include dog sports, agility courses, contests with prizes, education and training, dog focused vendors and other activities – not to mention food and refreshments for the animals and their owners.

“Our dogs mean so much to us, they’re so much a part of our lives, so we decided why not throw a party for them?” she said.

Well socialized, friendly dogs are all welcome to partake in the festivities. Water and shade will be provided for the lovable companions. Guests will be entertained by live music from Creek Bend Bluegrass Band, as well as countless exhibitors.

“Last year we had thousands of people, the park was packed the whole time,” explained Foster. “And this year, we have over 50 vendors for guests to enjoy.”

Local rescue groups like SPCA’s Whisker Wag’n and others will be at the park with adoptable dogs. Food trucks including Rolling Joe’s, Llloyd’s and Amy’s will be on site.

Brighton-Eggert Animal Clinic, another sponsor of the event, will also be present and hosting a microchip and nail clipping clinic and offering Q&A sessions with the veterinarian and behavioral consultant. The Kenmore Fire Department will be conducting dog life saving equipment and K-9 special unit demonstrations. Agility course presentations by Canine Sports Complex will take place at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.. The dog parade will begin at 2:30 p.m..

Dog contests include dog owner look-a-like, coolest trick and best dog costume judged by Senator Mark Grisanti and others. Reverends Ben Eder and Dr. Peter LeValley will also be available throughout the day for blessings.

“People just really enjoy the contests because they highlight individuals and they truly appreciate members of the clergy blessing the dogs one by one,” said Foster.

KVIS will also be stressing the importance of dog walking for a healthier lifestyle as part of the Get Fit Kenmore initiative sponsored by Sheridan Medical Group and PT MOG.

“I’m such a big animal lover, and I’ve always had a dog – so many of us in KVIS are,” she said. “Whenever you walk or drive through Kenmore you always see people walking their dogs, no matter what the weather may be. So it’s amazing to bring everyone in the community together to celebrate some of our best friends.”


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