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If you want to give your dog the chance to chase a fake rabbit or just socialize with others – both you and your pet, that is – then Dog Day Saturday at Red Orchard Park will fit your needs.
The event will include lots of events for dogs, such as lure coursing, where dogs chase an artificial lure around a track, a tail-wagging contest, best trick, longest ears contest, owner-look-a-like and fastest kisser.
Event coordinator Marnie Terhune said Dog Day will be a fundraiser for the Park’s Foundation that organizers are hoping will be come an annual event, and she said she hopes for a good turnout because the day will be lot of fun for pet owners.
“It will be a great opportunity for people to bring their dogs and just have a great time, while at the same time contributing to a great cause,” she said.
Admission is free, as are some events, but some, such as the lure course, have an entry fee, $12 for two runs.
Kentucky State Police and the sheriff’s office will put on canine demonstrations, and other exhibitions will include agility, obedience and bird dogs and retrievers.
Other events will include canine first aid, pooch and face painting, a microchip clinic and pictures with your dog. Food and vendors will be available.
Pat Kay will conduct a dog-trick event, and afterwards she will invite people to teach their dogs a new trick.
Kay and her husband, Michael, who is chair of the foundation, donated the money a few years ago to establish the Michael Day Bark Park, named after their son, who had died of cancer several years ago.
The 2-acre park is composed of two lots, one for dogs under 30 pounds and the other for all sizes of dogs.
The Kays, originally from Chicago, say that parks in Shelby County are excellent, even compared to those in their hometown, and they want to do what they can to make them even better.
The parks foundation was established in February 2012, and though not affiliated with Shelby County Parks, plays a large role in helping to obtain grants for parks and improvements, said former parks director Clay Cottongim, who is still very active in park activities.
“The foundation has been looking for a fundraiser, so this will help, and we hope to make it an annual event,” he said.
The event has several community sponsors, include four main ones, Shelbyville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Raymond James, Johnson Veterinary Clinic and attorney Gilmore Dutton, who will be conducting a retriever hunt demonstration.
Spokesperson Frank Ford said the dealership has been helping out with animal fundraisers for several years, and that all started with president Jack Brown’s wish to help the Shelby County Animal Shelter.
“The well being and welfare of the animals is very dear to his heart,” Ford said.
What: Dog Day
When:Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where:Red Orchard Park, Bark Park
More info:502-633-5059 or www.ShelbyCountyParks.com