All Breed Fun Dog Show returns to Minerva for second year

— Looking for a great place to bring your bowser for a fun day of canine-oriented events? Or, perhaps you’d like to spend quality time with plenty of dogs and dog owners who feel strongly about how great their own pooches are?

There is a place and time for all of this: the Minerva Town Park at Minerva Lake, on Saturday, July 12.

The second annual All Breed Fun Dog Show will be happening at the lake on that Saturday with something new this year: the Adirondack Iron Dog Run.

The run begins at 9 a.m. that morning, followed by the dog show at noon. The dog run is a 1.25 mile run (or walk) with your pooch along a trail that includes mud, water, and interesting obstacles for your doggie’s pleasure and challenge. You can register for this event as a team or for an individual dog, at $20 per entry. Mystery prizes will certainly be awarded. After the run, everyone is welcome to walk the trails around the lake with their dogs.

The dog show events are many, and they will continue throughout the afternoon. There will be contests for cutest puppy, oldest old timer (dog, not owner), loudest bark, and other competitions. A times obstacle course will be available to really challenge your pooch, and costumed and themed parade will surely bring out the best in all participants. There will be a one-time $10 entry fee per dog for any and all contests. Spectators of course, will be free to observe these wonderful events.

Visiting from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office will be Officer Jeremy Coon with his K9 unit doing drug and apprehension demonstrations. A representative from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department will also be there. Julie Mihalcik will be present with a terrific dog agility demonstration, and Patty Warrington and K9 Search and Rescue partner Cash will be doing a demonstration on reading dog body language in a way that will help prevent potential dog bites. The Minerva Rescue Squad will be on hand to demonstrate how to provide first aid for dog bites.

The Minerva Service Organization will be serving breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m.; the MSO will also offer up home-made dog biscuits for the pooches in our lives.

The event offers plenty of vendors, and there will be refreshments and raffles. All donations an proceeds will benefit the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Remember: all dogs at Minerva Lake that day must be leashed at all times. All dog participants must have up-to-date rabies tags or certifications. Come on out and enjoy a great day at Minerva Lake.

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