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Dogs have their day at Poochapalooza


Christopher Andersson

Dog owners Kassidy Jones, right, and Judy Jones, center, take their dogs Cookie, foreground, and Peanut, center, to learn about disc chasing at Olympic Disc Dogs' demonstration with Adam Rosenfeld, left, at the Marysville Poochapalooza on July 8.

Puget Sound dog lovers could find a day just for them and their dog at Marysville's 11th annual Poochapalooza on July 8.

The event is put on by the Marysville Dog Owner's Group (M-DOG) and is meant to bring together a number of dog organizations and pet owners across Western Washington.

One of the organizers of the event, Doug Buell, said this year's event went well. "It's fantastic. It's been nonstop people and dogs all day," he said.

Buell said the event is all for the pets themselves. "It's all about the dogs. The people can come here and show off their dogs," he said. "It's great for us to share our love of dogs with other people and give dogs a day out they deserve," he said.

The reason dog parks are popular is because dogs tend to enjoy all that interaction, he said.

"Dogs are so social and you see that when you're here," he said.

Dog-owner Judy Jones said she liked the event.

"It's great, we've had fun," she said. "I've learned a lot and my dogs got to meet with other dogs and socialize with people, so that's great," she said.

Poochapalooza hosts a number of contests, competitions and demonstrations.

"The wiener dog races were a big hit this morning and the pie eating contest was over by far and away the fastest of any I've seen. The dogs within two or three seconds were done," said Buell.

Buell said he enjoys the events when they get good turnout and ordinary dogs get a chance to compete.

"I like any of our contests or demonstrations that are interactive. I like the events we do to allow the dogs to come and try it themselves," he said.

Dog-owner Erin Smidt said she drove from the Olympic peninsula this year to make it to the event.

"It's awesome. I wanted to go last year but couldn't make it," she said.

She said she enjoyed some of the demonstrations that her dog participated in.

"Definitely the barn hunt. It's a newer AKC [American Kennel Club] sport that I think a lot of dog owners aren't aware of yet and most dogs could be really good at it," she said.

Smidt also said she enjoyed seeing rescue organizations at the event.

Christopher Andersson

N.O.A.H. Center volunteer Asheley Krutsinger shows off their dog Jerry in the Doggy Fashion Show, which presents adoptable dogs at the Marysville Poochapalooza on July 8. Jerry was adopted that day.

"We like bringing in the non-profits," said Buell.

"They come back every year so they do seem to like it," he said.

Organizations like Old Dog Haven or The NOAH Center in Stanwood bring booths at the event and walk dogs in the Doggy Fashion Show, which shows off adoptable pets.

Funds raised at the event help go to M-DOG projects.

"The big emphasis this year is getting the dog park fence [at Strawberry Fields in Marysville] replaced," said Buell.

"It looks better than it really is, because if you start shaking it you can see all these posts are broken up from the ground and the only thing holding them up is tall grass," he said.

More information about Poochapalooza is available at and more information about the M-DOG is available at


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