People, Pets Enjoy Canine Festivities


Dogs and their people enjoyed the fun and games at the second annual Dog Day in the Park Oct. 4, sponsored by PAWS in the Park and the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

Events were ongoing under the tent and were kept right on schedule by announcers Jonathan Kenger and Wally Rudd.

Judges for the events were Jean Oliver of the Time Out Shelter and Jerry Thebado of the Payson Roundup.

Ted Stratton was everywhere taking digital pictures which can now be seen on the dog park's website --

Barkery Bakery, Art by Dog, Fun Photos and Paw Prints in Clay kept everyone busy as well as a great assortment of booths featuring crafts, pet toys and treats, art and useful information on everything from llama hikes to West Nile Virus.

From silly pet tricks to musical chairs, the dogs and their people appeared to have a great time.

Dog Day in the Park competition results

Tail Wagging

1st Sky (Eddie Welsh)

2nd Buddy (Brenda Amerind)

3rd Duke (owner unknown)


1st Tuby (Jacob Gardner)

2nd Millie (Paula Koren)

3rd Blue (Dana Qualls)

Dog-Person Look-alike

1st Mike Burkett and Toni

2nd Paula Koren and Millie

3rd Ariel and Audrey Qualls and Blue

Silly Pet Tricks

1st Yak Yak, the talking dog

2nd Sandy, the walking dog

3rd Higgins, jumping through hoops

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