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Dogs, cats and snakes? Oh my!

Dogs, cats and snakes?  Oh my!

by Guest Blogger: Kristy L. Pachciarz

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 13 at 10:21 AM

There are dog events sprouting out everywhere these days, which is a great thing for us dog lovers – and Rover too!  One of my favorite annual events is Auburn’s Petpalooza.  It’s an award-winning pet festival that specializes in all kinds of pets…it’s not unusual to see cats in strollers, tame snakes draped around their owner and a goat on a leash.  Last year, there was a 22 pound cuddly bunny on display at one of the 150+ vendor booths.

I’ve already marked the event date on my calendar – Saturday, May 19th, from 10:00am – 5:00pm.  It’s a FREE event, and you certainly can’t beat that in this economy!!  Parking is free and many activities are also offered at no charge.  There’s a few things that require a small fee, such as pony rides. 

I have already signed up for the Dog Trot 3K/5K Fun Run that kicks off the festival at 9:30am.  The first 100 who register get a free goodie bag, jam-packed full of samples and dog items, as well as an event T-Shirt.  I was amazed by last year’s bag, probably valued at over $20!  My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Roxie, had a great time sampling all the included products.  But, I’m almost certain she enjoyed seeing all of her furry friends at the start line even more than the treats!  All the dogs are super tame, so I know I can easily handle both my dogs…Daisy gets to join us this year too!

I honestly feel like there’s too much to see and do to get through everything in the 7-hour event, which is a good thing!  We’re never bored!  Roxie was pooped last year…not only did she sleep the whole way home and all of the night, she also rested a lot on Sunday too.

We enjoyed trying the agility areas, we participated in the noon pet parade and joined in the ‘Unleashed’ pet contest, although we weren’t winners in the ‘Best Pooch Smooch’ category.  It was fun to see the demos from WOOFD2 and the Seattle Flydogs.  There’s a great entertainment stage, which is where we sat and ate some lunch and rested for a bit.  There was a parrot show, performing pigs and more.  Loads of fun!  I’ve looked at the entertainment schedule for this year and it’s showing live music too, including One Eyed Jack and Crème Tangerine)!  Great idea!

A highlight was the K9 Kings High Flying Dog Show, who I see is returning.  This trainer and his stunt dogs do amazing tricks.  There were a few shows throughout the day.  We stumbled upon the first one and made it a point to watch another before we left.  I noticed that they plan for crazy animal races and Farmyard Follies Shows…now I truly don’t know how I will do everything!

After naptime, Roxie and I met up with my husband and kids, who enjoyed petting the animals, the face painting and the kids AG-Ventureland. 

The food court was wonderful – a lot of options at inexpensive prices, as far as fair food goes, so we all saddled up to a table and had a quick dinner.  The kids loved seeing the variety of dogs – there seems to be a lot of Saint Bernards and Great Danes, but maybe those just stick out more because of their sheer size?

Petpalooza really is a wonderful pet festival; something for everyone and even your four-legged friend!  Roxie and I have been every year – I think this will be our 5th!  Last year was the first year our whole family attended, and we had a blast! (The kids were tuckered out too, which is a bonus!).  I encourage you to add it to your calendar of activities.  It’s guaranteed fun!