On the weekend after Labor Day I spent a little quality time at DoggiePalooza, a fun annual event sponsored by the Savage Chamber of Commerce. It’s their annual celebration of all things canine held at Community Park.
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Unfortunately, our dog, Roxy, is getting older and isn’t always very patient with puppies, so she stayed home for the festivities. But it was still a blast seeing everyone out with their pets on a lovely September day.
So, what’s there to love about DoggiePalooza?
The Dogs (and their owners)
What’s not to love about a community event that puts dogs front and center?! It was so much fun seeing all of the dogs (and those who love them) checking each other out. The guests of honor were definitely the stars of this event. Talking about each others’ dogs was a great way to break down barriers and start conversations among community residents.
And needless to say, it’s definitely a butt-sniffing-friendly venue, for sure. For the dogs, that is.
A whole host of vendors were on hand to share information and give out swag. Most, as you would imagine, were dog-focused, from those selling pet products and services to rescue organizations. Other organizations were represented as well, including health care and home improvement businesses. It was a nice way to gather information about local businesses and services while out for a walk with your dog.
An open dog park area on the ball diamond and the obstacle course was a big draw for dogs (and their people) big and small. This park doesn’t normally have a dog park area, so it was fun to see them romping in the outfield.
I had to leave before I could watch, but they were also having dogs demonstrate their obstacle skills. This would have been so much fun to see! I’m hoping to catch it next year.
If you love dogs, and you love community events, then make sure you catch next year’s DoggiePalooza! I know I will.
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