The fifth annual Dog Day in the Park will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park on Saturday, Oct. 21. This event is sponsored by PAWS and Payson Parks and Recreation Department. Bring your family and your dog, on leash, for a day of fun and programs designed to promote Responsible Pet Ownership. (Please, no retractable leashes, as there will be a lot of dogs and people.)
There will be fun and games under the Big Top, fresh baked goodies for dogs and their people at the Barkery Bakery, hot food from the Knights of Columbus Weenie Wagon, live music featuring the Old Tyme Music Makers and more.
Booth space is still available for vendors with products and services relating to dogs and other pets. There is no charge for booth space, but you must have your own table and shade. Anyone interested in having a booth at Dog Day in the Park, please call me, Christy, at (928) 476-2239.
Testing for Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International will be available. Sign up early to ensure your spot. City and county licensing will be available. Bring your pet's shot and spay/neuter record.
A rally course will be set up for everyone to try. Rally is a new, fun dog sport where a series of signs requesting a specific action are set up on the course. Help will be available.
A microchip is the most permanent form of identification and is used not only in dogs, but horses, birds, fish and exotic animals. The chip containing a unique number is implanted between your dog's shoulder blades. The chip can be scanned and your contact information will be secured through a database. Eight hundred calls each day come into this central location regarding lost pets. Get your pet microchipped at the pet fair.
Under the Big Top, games and contests will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 3 p m. Kelly Watts from KMOG Radio will keep us entertained and informed of the various events and activities. Contests will be from 10 a.m. to noon and include Creative Costumes, Dog and Owner Look Alike, Best Canine Vocalist, Most Adorable Child (or adult) and Dog team, Top Tail Wagger and Clever Pet Tricks.
What can your dog do that will totally woo the judges and the crowd? Start practicing and creating that wonderful prizewinning costume.
The games will begin at 1 p.m. and include musical chairs and that all-time favorite, the Costume Race.
In this event, contestants and their dogs sit on one side of the ring and a row of chairs with bags of costumes are across the ring. The teams race across the ring, put the four items of clothing on the dogs and race back to their chairs. The first team back to their chairs with all clothing items still on the dogs is the winner.
Obedience trials will check your training skills. There will be ribbons and dog treats for all participants.
Sheriff Dennis Newman will be at Dog Day in the Park with his trusty canine partners, Rusty and Zoma. These bomb and drug-sniffing dogs are a vital part of our Sheriff's Office. Visit with these dogs and see how they work.
The Payson Humane Society will have dogs available for adoption and lots of information. There will be photos and information on adoptable cats as well.
Other booths will include pet supplies, equipment and nutrition information, grooming and more. Dog trainers will be on hand to answer your training questions.
Bring your dog and the family and come for a day of fun to Dog Day in the Park at the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park in Rumsey Park across from the Payson Public Library.
A low cost rabies clinic will be at the Main Street Animal Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. The fee for the shots is $10. City and county licenses will be available. Bring your pet's shot and neuter/spay records. This event is sponsored by Gila County Rabies Control, Payson Animal Control and Main Street Animal Clinic. Rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs are vitally important.
We know the consequences of being without or having expired vaccinations. Don't let that happen.
The Payson Humane Society will have their famous Chili Supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Payson Elks Lodge. Tickets will be available at Dog Day in the Park and at the shelter.
Organizers are looking for silent auction items with a value of $50 or more. To donate an item for the auction or if you can volunteer to help, call the Humane Society at (928) 474-5590. This is a major fund-raiser for the Humane Society, but it is also lots of fun. Don't miss out.