Village will be going to the dogs Saturday
by Jack Deming
Sep 26, 2013 | 3867 views | 1 1 comments | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This large wooden dog, owned by the Pioneer Valley Kennel Club of Massachusetts, will be in Wilmington Saturday to help celebrate the first Doggiepalooza.
This large wooden dog, owned by the Pioneer Valley Kennel Club of Massachusetts, will be in Wilmington Saturday to help celebrate the first Doggiepalooza.
WILMINGTON- As October comes around, festival after festival keeps rolling into town, and this weekend there’s one being thrown for man’s best friend. Doggiepalooza will take over West Main Street from the Crafts Inn lawn to the chamber of commerce from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday, a celebration that organizers Alice Richter and her daughter Karen Jones hope to continue every year.

“We thought that everyone loves dogs, so why not have a dog event here in downtown Wilmington,” said Jones. “This will be a fun filled event where everyone in your family can attend, including your leashed four-legged friend.”

The event will include demonstrations, including dog dancing, agility try-outs, dog tricks, nose work, police K-9 units and first aid. There will be vendors on hand for dogs and humans alike, serving homemade dog treats and hot dogs and lemonade, as well as fun booths such as dog-themed face painting.

Other booths will provide information on the humane society and collie and boxer rescue, as well as employment of therapy dogs, sled dogs, and dog-friendly hiking guides.

“I have been involved in different dog events with my Australian shepherds for the last 13 years, ranging from agility to obedience,” said Jones, “So why not have a day filled with a small sampling of different activities you can do with your dogs.”

Besides hanging out with their fellow tail-waggers, the pooches will be given a blessing, and participate in a parade. At the end of the day there will be also be a dog show where an array of ribbons will be given out from dog with the fluffiest tail to dog with the best trick.

The event is being sponsored by Wilmington Works and the town of Wilmington.
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Debra Wilson
October 10, 2013
Did anyone from the paper take any pictures?

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