Friday, October 23, 2009

'Who let the dogs out?'

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Those of us with dogs can most likely sympathize with the long days they must have. Whether they are cooped up in the house or backyard, most dogs just don’t have the freedom to wander (and we wouldn’t want them to either, for fear of getting hurt or picked up by the pound). But along comes something like Barktoberfest. This annual festival — happening this Saturday — for dogs gives pet owners the chance to get them out and about for something other than just a walk. The festival includes a Just for Fun contest (with categories for “Sloppiest Kisser,” “Best Trick,” “Biggest Dog,” and “Smallest Dog”) and a “Halloween Costume” contest (with categories for “Cutest Costume,” “Scariest Costume,” “Best Doggie/Owner Costume Duo,” and “Best in Show Costume”) for dogs. In addition, pet goodies will be up for grabs, a silent auction will be held, and food (treats for humans and for dogs) and beverages will be available. The event is for a good cause too — it raises money for the American Cancer Society and Carolina Veterinary Specialists. $10. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Canine Cafe, 1447 S. Tryon St. 704-553-5364. www.caninecafe.net.

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