Tuesday, August 11, 2009

1st Annual Dog Day of Summer Dog Walk

I'll just tell you right off the bat that words will not fully capture the cuteness of Saturday's Dog Walk. There were adorable dogs all over the place! My heart was completely stolen by Molly, a tiny French Bulldog, as well as two enormous bull mastiffs that had recently been adopted at the Siloam Springs Animal Shelter.

There were all sorts of breeds, large and small, and it could not have been a lovelier day for the event. At the registration desk, participants were given Main Street mugs filled with dog treats and plastic bags for, well...you know. The main event was a leisurely one-mile stroll through Bob Henry Park. Halfway through, the organizers kindly provided water for the approximately 25 dogs participating.

After the walk, there were a variety of contests, and the competition was steep! Miss Dogwood and Miss Teen Dogwood were among the judges. There were awards given for Cutest Big Dog, Cutest Little Dog, Best Trick, Pet/Owner Look-alike, Oldest Dog, etc. Lord Byron, a lovely little guy with a flowing white tail and a sparkling personality won Best All-Around. The event also featured various vendors of pet-related items and a Frisbee catching demonstration. Shelley Simmons, Director of Main Street, did an awesome job putting it all together, and I will look forward to next year's Dog Walk.

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