Dog Day In The Park

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Dog Day in the Park is Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park, across from the Payson Library. This event is designed to provide fun for dogs and their people. There is no charge for admission and there is no charge for any of the events. Vendors may charge for goods and services.

A day full of activities, games, contests, demonstrations and seminars will keep you busy. Tasty baked goods and brats will keep you well-nourished. Bring the kids and the dog, (on 4- to 6-foot leash).

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"Musical Chairs" is one of the most popular games at Dog Day in the Park. Sorry, but only one person to a chair!

KRIM Radio will be broadcasting live at Dog Day in the Park with a great variety of music. Kathy and Suzanne will wander around doing interviews, playing lively music and keeping you informed of all the activities. Look for the KRIM wagon.

Under the Big Top, the morning line-up includes Top Tail Wagger, Creative Costumes, Most Adorable Pet and Person, Best Canine Vocalist, Clever Pet Tricks and Judges' choice. There will be ribbons and prizes for all.

Fun games are scheduled for the afternoon including "Musical Chairs," Costume Race, Obedience Fun and the new, "My dog can do that" challenge.

Get busy teaching your dog some funny new tricks and practice those tried and true obedience words, sit: stay, down and come when called. An agility course will be set up and all dog and handler teams will have the opportunity to try it.

Barkery Bakery will have tasty treats and wonderful fresh, home-baked breakfast snacks. Coffee will be available. You can stock up on some fresh-baked doggie treats, as well.

The demonstration tent will have a variety of seminars and demonstrations throughout the day. Beginning at 10 a.m., Terry from Furry Friends will give a grooming demonstration, Detective Barr from the Payson Police Department will give a K9 demonstration, Dr. Blackmore from Pine Country Animal Hospital will discuss the dangers of canine obesity and Payson Pet Care, Dr. Snyder and Dr. Horen, will discuss dental care.

There will be vendors with pet related products and services. Check them all out.

The Payson Humane Society will have a large area set up with all sorts of information.

There will be dogs to adopt and volunteer opportunities. They will have information about available cats, also. Ask them about the new building and how you can help.

They will do microchipping for a fee. A microchip provides permanent identification for your pet.

Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International demonstrations and training will be provided for those who want to have their dogs tested.

Pick up all the information and materials at their booth. Testing will be available the following week.

Do plan to come for this, the Sixth Dog Day in the Park, for a full day of fun for the whole family, including Mr. and Miss Dog.

Blues Walk is tomorrow, Saturday, October 13 beginning at the Pine Trailhead. Registration is at 8, and the walk begins at 9 a.m.

Town of Payson, Star Valley and Gila County Rabies Control are sponsoring a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, October 27, at Main Street Animal Clinic, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pets must be secured at all times. With questions, call 474-9292.

The recent spay and neuter clinic, sponsored by the Payson Humane Society, was filled for every available spot.

How wonderful that a large number of dogs will no longer be able to contribute to the horrendous pet overpopulation problem. Another one will be scheduled in November. Watch for details or check at the Humane Societ

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