'Pet'acular to bring furry friends to Family Days

by SOPHIE KRUSE | Reporter Published:

One event at Streetsboro Family Days is making sure that all members of the family can participate -- including man's best friend.

The Paw 'Pet'acular is geared toward canines of all shapes and sizes to Family Days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 27.

The 'Pet'acular is an all-day, pet friendly event during which there will be vendors, activities and entertainment, all centered around the pups. It is sponsored by Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro.

Pawdicures for the Pound will be going on all day. Nail trims will be offered for dogs, and all proceeds will go to Portage County Friends of the Pound -- where most of the vendor fees will also go.

A new feature of the 'Pet'acular this year is the Rescue Road Paw Parade at 12:30 p.m. The event currently has 10 rescue organizations that will be able to showcase some of their adoptable dogs by walking them in a parade through the event. The parade's goal is to increase adoptions at the event.

"It really shows off the dogs' spirit and attitude," said Heather Swaney, a volunteer with the Paw 'Pet'acular. "Last year, we had four adoptions. This year, I'm hoping for 10."

Other vendors will include vet clinics, local retailers and pet bakeries. Swaney expects around 40 vendors.

Ohio Search Dog Association will do two different search and rescue demonstrations, where people will be able to make a donation to be 'found' by the search dogs when hiding in the nearby woods. The demonstrations will be at noon and at 2 p.m.

There will also be a Buckeye Area Regional K-9 (BARK) demo at 1 p.m. with Streetsboro Police Officer Aaron Coates and K-9 Officer Bo.

The organization Wags 4 Warriors will make a presentation at 2 p.m. The group aims to match veterans returning home from war suffering with post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury with an appropriate dog that will help them in their struggle.

A long-standing part of the Family Days event is the dog show, which will begin at 3 p.m.

The show will include categories like best costume, best underbite, shortest tail, fastest dog and longest sit and stay -- which was won last year by a 4-month-old puppy.

The event will also feature a doggie water park. In a fenced in area, furry friends can enjoy filled pools and sprinklers, along with a few activities, including balls that can be thrown and caught.

The 'Pet'acular will conclude with a doggie ice cream social.

"It's a whole day for the pets and the people that love them," Swaney said.

Email: skruse@recordpub.com

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