By Matt Moore
On April 16 at Lee Newton Park, over 100 dogs had a great day of games, treats, camaraderie and attention and appreciation from humans at the 3rd Annual Dog Day in the Park.
Dog Day was sponsored by the Pickens County Anti-Drug Coalition (PCADC) and the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office to showcase the joy and fun that dogs bring to humans and to raise funds to support substance use prevention network for youth that the community has developed over the past several years.
Fortunately, there was a “dog whisperer” at Dog Day and he was able to interview some of the dogs to find out how they enjoyed their special day and what they thought about all of the activities and events of the day.
“I have never had so much fun in all my life,” exclaimed Sidney. “There were six different games that I could play and I won delicious treats at each game. I have never eaten so much in my life!”
Sidney thought he was just going to get a low-cost rabies shot from Pickens Animal Rescue. “But when I saw all those fun things to do, I begged my owner to let me stay and we stayed all day.”
Bolo’s favorite game was “Find the Treat.” “They hid the treats under pillows, in a box with crushed newspaper and in a rolled up towel. I found the treat every time. They said that I was the fastest treat finder of the day.”
Sheba loved the agility course. “I knew how to do it so I showed the other dogs how to weave around the cones.”
Toto was nervous about jumping through the hoop. “But when I saw that treat on the other side, I went for it. I even learned to step over the hoop when they raised it a few inches. I couldn’t figure out how to jump through the higher hoop though. My owner needs to work with me on that.”
Zoey liked the Kissing Booth for dogs. “A lot of us dogs like to kiss people, especially nice people. There was this friendly, happy man named Fergie who had a big smile who was sitting there waiting for dogs to lick his face. What fun!”
Winston said that he loved the Dog Parade. “Since I am such a big, handsome dog, they let me lead the Parade. The owners sang Who Let the Dogs Out, my favorite song, as we marched around the park to the cheers of the crowd. What a grand time.”
Sidney enjoyed all the toys that were given. Every dog who entered the contests received a toy.
Moxie was nervous about entering the Best Trained category of the dog contests. “I have not been around a lot of people before, so I was a little scared. But I did my routine and the crowd loved it. I didn’t win but my owner and I were so proud.”
“I really love my owner,” explained Oreo. “She has grey and dark hair, and so do I. That is why I am so glad that we came in second place in the dog/owner look-alike. Woody and his owner won first place. They had a great camouflage look.”
The Dog Show and Dog Contests at 1 p.m. were the highlight of the day. Everyone marveled at the dog skills, the owner/dog relationships and the unique dog personalities and characteristics.
Here are the winners.
Best Trained: 1st, Sidney; 2nd, Bolo; 3rd, Sheba; Best Groomed – 1st, Max; 2nd,Faith; 3rd, Berwyn; Best Dressed – 1st, Zoey; 2nd, Toto, 3rd, Tiny; Dog/Owner Look-Alike – 1st, Woody and Keith; 2nd, Oreo and Margy; 3rd, Toto and Jennifer; Best Tail Wagger – 1st, Rilsy; 2nd, Oreo; 3rd, Freckles; Most Vocal – 1st, Bolo; 2nd, Genesis; 3rd, Josie;.
Cutest Puppy – 1st, Chocolate; 2nd, Brownie; 3rd, Brutus; Squishiest Face – 1st, Zoey; 2nd, Tommy; 3rd, Freckles; Longest Tail – 1st, Becket; 2nd, Christina; 3rd, Wilson; Tallest Dog – 1st, Becket; 2nd, Wilson; 3rd, Booger; Shortest Dog – 1st, Zoey; 2nd, Marbles; 3rd, Bobo.
“The Pickens County Anti-Drug Coalition and the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office thank all of the organizations, individuals, sponsors and donors who helped to make Dog Day in the Park such a fun and exciting event for our canine friends,” says Greg Mason, PCADC president. “It is a lot of fun to get a lot of dogs together to see the many different things they do that are so entertaining and engaging for all of us.”