MARYSVILLE – The city went to the dogs Saturday, and the community couldn’t be happier.
Hundreds of people and even more of their four-legged friends attended the 12th Annual Poochapalooza dog show at Asbery Field.
Few attendees ended up in the dog house, which kept smiles on owners’ faces and their animals’ tails wagging.
Love filled the air as Oreo won the competition for best kisser. At the Evergreen Homes Loans tent, Wellington the dog gave out kisses for as long as his tongue could hold up. They had a raffle drawing, and all monies made were donated to the Everett Animal Shelter.
Dogs could take a good citizen test and also try an obstacle course. Janet Biedl of Lake Forest Park showed off the skills of Kiri, a Briard, on the course. Pets could be pampered, too, such as at the Pupcakes booth, which featured items such as a Frosted Bark Box.
There were also activities to help your dog. PetTech offers animal CPR training, and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church offered a Blessing of the Animals.
Along with kissing there were other competitions. There was a tie for best voice, and a dog dressed in a Star Wars costume won the fashion contest.
At one of the booths, there was a cutest dog competition. Some booths had interactive activities for dogs, such as at Totally Tails Pet Care, where animals hunted for treats in a small pool filled with colorful plastic balls. There were also wiener dog and other races.
TV dog personality David Frei was emcee, along with Doug Buell, co-founder of the event with his wife Leslie. Buell said the event raised $5,000 for the Marysville Dog Owners Group, or M-Dog, the nonprofit that takes care of the Rover Off-Leash Dog Park near Strawberry Fields. Frei urged the praises and support for local rescue support groups.
One group, called Dog Haven, finds foster homes for older dogs and helps pay animal bills for those new owners.