The NCSPCA would like to thank everyone who came and participated in the third annual Pet Fair Aug. 15 in Keene Valley. Its huge success depends on the families and dogs who come to enjoy the festivities and the following people who donate their time to make it a family-friendly event.

The Rev. Milton Dudley from Keene Valley provided a very moving Blessing of the Animals for the second year in a row. The Blessing is the finale of a Pet Parade and the announcement of prizewinners for dogs who have won various contests.

We would like to send a special thank you to all of the volunteers and donors who helped make this a success: Deb Timon and her children, who offered some truly artistic face painting, Sharon Bishop and her talented dancing dog troupe from Saranac Lake, and Sidney Ward from Jay whose beautiful handmade cutting boards were again a hit. He very generously donated his proceeds from the many he sold. The sound system was again provided by Fritz Sabbow of Keene Valley; wonderful music by the Lonesome Travelers, Mitch and Vi Terry, of Jay kept visitors' feet tapping. The pets at the shelter benefit greatly from this Dog Days of Summer event sponsored by the Adirondack Farmers' Market Cooperative, without whom we could not make this happen.

Our featured pet this week is Cocoa, a Chocolate Laborador Retriever-Mix whose story is all too familiar. He was found wandering the streets without any indication of an owner or home. Cocoa is a sweetheart of a dog who would love to spend time in a home where he can get plenty of exercise strolling around the neighborhood and playing in the yard. He enjoys his walks and is very obedient. Cocoa is calm and polite with other dogs and he really having his thick, bushy coat be petted and touched. Cocoa is a great dog for any family who enjoys to spend time in the great outdoors.

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