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:
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 dog-day-afternoon-2012.eventbrite.com. 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
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