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Animal Welfare Fund benefit

This year’s Champagne in the Garden will benefit the Animal Welfare Fund, a non-profit organization that provides humane shelter to animals in need after disasters, and strives to eliminate cruelty to all animals. It will be held in the beautiful Freegard Garden in Star Valley from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18.

The tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from Judi (928) 517-1034 or at the MissFitz 260 Cafe on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, or at the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop, 434 S. Highway 87, behind the Time Out thrift shop.

There will be great food, drinks, champagne and lots of fun and laughter. Special items will be offered for sale in the gazebo.

So ladies, throw on a spring outfit, grab your hat and come join your friends.

Doggie Olympics

It’s an Olympics year, and dogs can go for their own gold at the annual Dog Day in the Park with the Doggie Olympics Under the Big Top.

This year, Dog Day in the Park is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park. Dog Day in the Park, sponsored by PAWS, focuses on having fun with your dog.

Dogs and their Kids — from 5 to 105 — will be strutting their stuff and hoping to walk away with the Olympic gold, silver or bronze. This is an opportunity to show off your dog’s special trick or talent. There will be medals, ribbons and prizes for all.

The Olympic Torch will arrive at 9:45 a.m. and opening ceremonies will follow under the Big Top. At 10 a.m. the judges will be at their posts and the contests will begin.

Contests include Amazing or Funniest Pet Trick, Creative Costume, Best Vocalist, Fastest Tail Wagger, Most Adorable Dog and Child (or adult), Sit and Down Challenge, Judge’s Choice and more. The judges this year are Don Engler, Payson Chief of Police; Peter Aleshire, Editor in Chief of the Payson Roundup; and Sarah Hock, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

The games begin at 1 p.m. with Olympic games including Musical Chairs, Costume Race (costumes provided), Obstacle Course, the My Dog Can Do That Challenge, Tennis Ball Catch and more.

Mini-seminars throughout the day will include grooming and teeth brushing tips, teaching tricks, Canine Good Citizenship pointers and other topics. There is no charge for any of the activities under the Big Top.

All well-behaved dogs and their handlers are invited to participate. Dogs must be on a 4- to 6-foot leash. Dog Day in the Park aims to promote responsible pet ownership in the community and beyond. For more information, contact Christy at cpowerspak@gmail.com.

Let the training begin! Olympic athletes must be in top form. Start working with your dog so your team is in shape and prepared for the games and contests at the Doggie Olympics.

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