Four-legged and furry canine residents of the Rim Country are invited to bring their people to Rumsey Park for a fun-filled day Saturday, Sept. 17.
Dog Day in the Park is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Payson Off Leash Dog Park.
Sponsored by PAWS (Payson Area Woofers Society), the group that built the dog park, the day will include games, contests, mini-seminars and more, such as a raffle of a basket, which will include a $250 gift certificate from Star Valley Veterinary Clinic.
The Barkery Bakery will be stocked with home-baked goodies and coffee, so come for breakfast and stroll around to visit with the vendors and their interesting variety of goods and services.
Among the vendors will be Deb’s Dogs Custom Grooming, which will be offering free toenail clipping from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; MoJoe’s Café will be selling fresh, hot pulled pork sandwiches; Scoops will be serving a variety of ice cream; the Humane Society of Central Arizona will be having a micro-chipping clinic; the PAWS Barkery Boutique will have T-shirts and other PAWS items for sale; Petco will be giving out samples of its products. Other vendors participating will be Back to Basics, Essential Therapies, Simply Lotions, Pam Scofield, Rim Country Friends of Ferals, Payson Pet Care, Person-ettes, Punk Madaras, Wonder Dogs and Wonders of the Wild.
Under the Big Top, pets and their people will compete from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for ribbons and prizes in contests, such as amazing pet tricks, costume contest, fastest tail wagger and best vocalist. Games, from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m., will include favorites: musical chairs, costume race, obstacle course and the My Dog Can Do That Challenge event. There will be ribbons and prizes for all participants.
Mini-seminars, from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will be short sessions on topics such as grooming, teeth brushing, pet first aid, spay and neuter facts and responsible pet ownership.
The Humane Society of Central Arizona will have dogs available for adoption at the event.
There will also be agility and flyball competitions and demonstrations in the adjoining ball fields in Rumsey Park.
Bring your dog on a 4-to-6-foot leash (no retractables) and plan to enjoy a day full of fun and activities.
For more information, contact pawsnpayson @gmail.com.
Dog sports events
The dog sports events — agility and flyball — are new this year to Dog Day in the Park.
There will be an agility fun run where participants can pay a $10 fee and run their dog through an obstacle course. For additional family dogs the fee is $5 per dog, which allows each dog unlimited course runs.
Agility is a timed event in which the dog runs a course made up of jumps, tunnels, an A-frame, dog walk, tire jump and various other obstacles. Mogollon Agility is sponsoring this event and registration is available the morning of Saturday, Sept. 17.
In addition to the agility event, there will be flyball racing demonstrations throughout the day. Teams from Arizona will be training and racing other teams and you won’t believe the speed and spectacular teamwork of these 4-dog relay teams. Two teams, consisting of four dogs each, run down a lane over four jumps and trigger a spring-loaded box, which ejects a ball. The dog must trigger the box, turn and return over the four jumps, at which time the next dog will be released. This is a very exciting sport, and is one of the fastest-growing dog sports in the world.
For those who want to find out how fast their dog is, they can pay $1 and run their dog down a lane where the dog’s speed will be measured with a radar gun. Proceeds from this event will be donated to rescue organizations that are represented in Rim Country.
Bring a chair and your best four-legged friend on leash and come down to watch the fun and excitement of these thrilling dog sports. For additional information on these sporting events, contact Jonnie Geen, (928) 978-2622.
PAWS works to make the lives of Rim Country pets and their people better. It is the group responsible for working the Town of Payson and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department to build the Off-Leash Dog Park at Rumsey Park.
The group’s three primary goals are to:
• Help maintain Payson’s Off-Leash Dog Park in a clean and attractive condition and fund improvements;
• Sponsor a low- or no-cost spay and neuter program for Rim Country pets whose owners otherwise could not afford the procedure;
• Maintain a “Second Chance” fund for extra medical care of injured strays brought to the animal shelter, avoiding euthanasia of a potential pet.
Funds for their activities are raised through the sale of PAWS products, bake sales, raffles, benefits such as Dog Day in the Park, and through donations.
It is currently working with the Humane Society of Central Arizona to present a spay and neuter clinic Thursday, Sept. 29 (see details in ‘Around the Rim’ calendar listings).
To learn more about PAWS, attend one of its meetings the first Wednesday of the month at the Payson Public Library. Membership dues are $20 per person or $25 per family. For additional detail, contact PAWS via e-mail at pawsnpayson@ gmail.com.
Helping PAWS present the Sept. 17 Dog Day in the Park are Dudley’s Mini Storage, KMOG, KRIM, Iron Horse Signs, Loot Resale, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Payson Feed & Pet Supply, Payson Golf Course, Pizza Factory, PostNet, the Payson Roundup and Rim Review, Safeway, Sawmill Theatres and Walmart.