Release the Hounds, It’s Time for Dog Day Afternoon!

Saturday, April 21, at Hopewell Park

The Columbia Association (CA) will host its annual Dog Day Afternoon on Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hopewell Park in Columbia. CA invites Columbia canines and their people to an afternoon of contests, treats, activities and lots of tail-wagging fun. New additions to this year’s event include the Doggy Dash, a one-mile leisure walk; new contests; a Famous Dogs in Art exhibit; and a food and supply drive supporting the Animal Advocates of Howard County.

This year’s schedule of activities is as follows:

Time                    Event

11:30 a.m.        Tricks for Treats

11:45 a.m.  Ask the Trainer with Columbia Pet Sitters

12:00 p.m. Biscuit-Eating Contest

12:15 p.m. Howling Contest

12:30 p.m. Puppy 101 with Club Pooche

12:45 p.m.        Best Tail-Wagger Contest

1:00 p.m.          Coolest Costume and Most Fashionable Contest

1:15 p.m. Musical Chairs SIT!

1:30 p.m.          Pets on Wheels Demonstration

1:45 p.m.          Best Kisser Contest (dogs only!)

Note: Times and events subject to change.

Other activities include open-play areas; the Columbia’s Cutest Canine and Owner-Dog Look Alike photo contests; caricature artists; raffles; face painting; music; and a kids’ arts & crafts station sponsored by Columbia Art Center. The first 200 hundred dogs to sign-in at the Welcome Tent will also get a free doggy bag that will include a CA dog toy, treats donated by Purina and miscellaneous pet care items donated by Subaru. CA will also be selling t-shirts, with proceeds benefiting the Animal Advocates of Howard County.

Dog Day Afternoon features local businesses and organizations that focus on the health, happiness and well-being of our beloved, furry friends. Confirmed vendors for this year’s event include A&B’s Pampered Pets, LLC; Adore That Dog; Animal Advocates of Howard County; Camp Bow Wow; Chocolate Chip Dalmatian Assistance League; Club Pooche; Columbia Community Exchange; Columbia Pet Sitters; Dogs & Co.; Dogtopia of Clarksville; Friends of Howard County Pets on Wheels; Greyhound Angels Adoption; HoCoDOG, Inc.; Howard County Happy Hounds 4-H Canine Club; Kimbrey’s Creations; Kobi’s Promise; Mid-Atlantic German Shepard Rescue; Relove Animals; Small Miracles Cat and Dog Rescue; Tiki’s Playhouse; Total Comfort Mobile Pet Grooming; and VCA Columbia Animal Hospital. Special thanks to Liberty Mutual for providing sponsorship support for this year’s event.

For more information or to register, please visit Registration is encouraged, but not required. For assistance, please call 410-715-3104. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Sunday, April 22. Hopewell Park is located at 9200 Rustling Leaf in Columbia.

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Dog Day Afternoon 2012 video
Dog Day Afternoon web site w/ online registration
Bosley’s Ode to Dog Day Afternoon” in CA Monthly – April 2012
Dog Day Afternoon on Columbia Matters – April 2012
DogDay Afternoon Flyer

For media inquiries, contact:

Kelly Cooper

10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Maryland 21044


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