Want to see which pooch will win the Biscuit Eating Contest? Looking to line the catwalk — er, dogwalk — for a Doggy Fashion Show? Then read on for the schedule of events at Columbia Association’s (CA) seventh annual Dog Day Afternoon.
Dog Day Afternoon is being held on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hopewell Park, located at 9200 Rustling Leaf in Columbia. CA invites local canines — and their people — to an afternoon of contests, treats, activities and lots of tail-wagging fun. Last year’s event brought more than 700 people and more than 200 dogs.
The BarkPark Event Schedule is as follows:
11:30 a.m. — Tricks for Treats, sponsored by Tiki’s Playhouse
11:45 a.m. — Ask the Trainer, with Club Pooche
noon — Biscuit Eating Contest, sponsored by Thankful Paws
12:15 p.m. — Howling Contest, sponsored by Subaru
12:30 p.m. — K9 Nose Work® exercise/activity demonstration, with the Coventry School, Inc for Dogs and their People
1 p.m. — Tail-Wagging Contest
1:15 p.m. — Doggy Fashion Show and Contest, sponsored by A&B’s Pampered Pets
1:30 p.m. — Paws 4 Comfort demo about volunteering to bring dogs and cats to visit nursing homes, assisted living residences, senior centers and adult day care facilities
1:45 p.m. — Best Kisser Contest (for dogs only!)
Times and events are subject to change. Other activities going on throughout Dog Day Afternoon include open-play areas; the new and improved Doggy Dash half-mile trail; the Columbia’s Cutest Canine contest; caricature artists; raffles; face painting; music; and a kids’ arts and crafts station sponsored by Columbia Art Center.
There will also be a donation drive collecting items to be donated to the Thankful Paws Pet Food Bank, including canned and dry cat and dog food, soft treats and biscuit-type treats, new dog and cat toys (including Kong-type indestructible toys), blankets and towels, buckle- or martingale-type collars, leashes and gift cards to pet stores for the purchase of emergency food and supplies.
This will be the biggest-ever Dog Day Afternoon, with 27 different vendors, including sponsors A&B’s Pampered Pets LLC; Tiki’s Playhouse; The Coventry School, Inc for Dogs and their People; Thankful Paws Pet Food Bank; and Subaru.
Other vendors will include Angelic Paws Mobile Pet Spa; Animal Advocates of Howard County; Camp Bow Wow; Chocolate Chip Dalmatian Assistance League; Club Pooche; Columbia Community Exchange; Coyote Graphics; Debbie Sampson, Pet Artist; Dogs & Co.; DogsXL Rescue; Dogtopia of Clarksville; Greyhound Angels Adoption; Jasmine’s House pit bull rescue; Long and Foster: Sherrie West; Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue; Pet Barn; Relove Animals; Robin Garber Photography; Savoie Art; VCA Columbia Animal Hospital; and Youth and Teen Center @ The Barn.
Registration is not required but is encouraged via dogday2013.eventbrite.com. All attendees must sign-in at the Welcome Tent to get a free doggy bag that will include a CA dog leash, treats and miscellaneous items. CA will also be selling the official Dog Day Afternoon t-shirts, with proceeds going in part to benefit the Thankful Paws Pet Food Bank.
A rain date has been set for Sunday, April 28. For more information, call 410-423-1891.