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Shepherdstown's 6th Annual "DogFest"
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Shepherdstown W.Va. will hold its sixth annual "DogFest" the weekend of April
The event will be held from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday and
11 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sunday. It will include a wide variety of activities for
dogs, their owners, dog lovers, and the general public. The activities will
be located on King Street, downtown, and adjacent grounds of Shepherd
University. All the activities will be free and everyone will be welcome.
As always, the event will bring together all-breed rescue organizations, dog
shelters, and breed-specific rescues drawn from five states and Washington,
D.C. Many of those organizations will bring adoptable dogs with them.
Visitors will be encouraged to meet the dogs, and to learn about their
personalities, their grooming and other needs, and the process of adoption.
Saturday's schedule will be preceded by pre-fest Fun Runs of one mile for
children and their dogs and two miles for adults and dogs, sponsored by local
running store Two Rivers Treads. These runs will start at 9:00 a.m. As part
of the runs, a small obstacle course will be installed in the exhibit area
and left there throughout Saturday for a do-it-yourself agility course for
visitors and exhibitors alike.
Sunday will feature sheep dog demonstrations, in which these highly
intelligent dogs will display their skills at herding sheep.
Sunday's schedule will also include an afternoon community dog show open to
Both days will include blessings of the dogs; exhibits and demonstrations by
trainers, rescue organizations, and others. For the first time, Paws of
Honor, a non-profit organization that provides medical care for retired
law-enforcement dogs, will participate.
Greensburg Bed and Biscuit will conduct free behavioral and obedience clinics
for those seeking this kind of assistance.
Dog-centered vendors will be on hand offering products and services from
healthful treats to pet photography.
Throughout the weekend, many restaurants and stores will let dog owners bring
their dogs inside.
DogFest is sponsored by the Shepherdstown Visitors Center; watch the Center's
website at www.shepherdstown.info for schedule details.
For more information, contact the Center at 304.876.2786 or