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Dogs have their day at Poochapalooza

 

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NOAH 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, 2017. Jerry was adopted that day.

Dogs and their owners can enjoy a day just for them at the Marysville Dog Owners Group annual Poochapalooza on July 7.

The event brings local dog vendors, nonprofit organizations and activities to Asbery Field for a summer day.

The field near Totem Middle School is located along Fourth Street and Alder Avenue. Poochapalooza runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free. There is a suggested donation of $5 with funds going to the Marysville Dog Owners Group (M-DOG)

"We want to give dogs and their owners the day out that they deserve," said Doug Buell, president of M-DOG.

The event is good for dogs and their owners to get out in the summer, said Buell.

"We see a lot of smiles and tails wagging. A lot of socializing between the dog owners and their dogs," he said.

"I see a lot of people just wandering around and having a great time," he said.

Buell said that they try to provide many activities to the get the dogs involved in the event.

"There is a whole interactive component where the dogs have many activities that they can participate in," he said.

"It's one thing to walk around and visit with the vendors, but we want it to be a little more involved then that for the dogs," he said.

That includes a number of contests that dogs can enter, including costume contests, voice contests and owner/dog look-a-like contests.

The competitions are judged by crowd reaction.

A number of the races and pie-eating contests are also available throughout the day. The "Running of the Wieners" dachshund races tend to be a crowd favorite for the event.

This year also includes a "Pug Chug" race for pugs.

"They're not the greatest runners and there's lots of pug owners around here who wanted to participate, so we added this new category this year," said Buell.

The Rainier Agility Team returns to the event to give visitors a chance to try out the agility course with their dogs.

David Frei, voice and analyst for NBC's National Dog Show, will provide his emcee skills to some of the contests and races this year.

"That is a big deal for us. He does a lot for dog organizations," said Buell.

"He's here partially to promote and sign his book, but he is also someone that just loves dogs and is very knowledgable," he said.

Other classic parts of Poochapalooza will return this year.

The Fashions and Rescues Runway Show will feature dogs presented by regional dog rescues that can be adopted.

Vendors will sell a number of dog-related products.

For M-DOG this is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Last year they were able to complete the new fence at the Strawberry Fields dog park in Marysville. This year they hope to use the proceeds for picnic tables and some shade at the park.

More information about Poochapalooza is available at their website at http://www.poochapalooza.org.

 

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