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Canine agility and owner ability on display

Crowd-pleasing activities at Dogs for the Doghouse event

Dog handlers and dog lovers will have the opportunity to put their best paw forward and enjoy the Dogs for the Doghouse Festival of Dogs, taking place Saturday, May 28.

The festival includes a parade of dogs, non-competitive canine party tricks and special skills, and agility and obedience demonstrations with handlers from Ann Seale’s Dogwood Kennels training school. Between activities, keynote speakers will address various topics of interest to those in the dog world. Anyone who is a dog trainer and wishes to participate can contact the festival organizers.

Activities take place at the Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association arena, on Myrtle Avenue, and start at 12:30 pm.

New this year is the option for owners to keep their dogs in their own kennels beside the owner’s chair. The dog must be supervised at all times if in these indoor kennels. Another option is to leave their dog in the designated supervised outdoor area while owners watch the rest of the show. However, both of these options are only available to people who have registered to participate in one or more events and more details are provided on the registration forms.

Mother Nature and Rainbow Valley Pet and Farm Supplies have registration forms available for participants. Participants must register before May 22. Tickets for spectators are also available from the same businesses up until the day of the show and are $10 per adult, $5 per child (between six and 16 years old) or $25 per family. There will be a 50/50 draw, raffle and refreshments available. All proceeds will go toward the proposed Powell River SPCA shelter.

For more information, readers can contact Norma Smith at 604.485.4167.