Dog Days of Denton turns 140 in dog years this weekend.
The popular summer event is a Denton invention — a day for local families, college students and residents and their best four-legged friends. Twenty years ago, Denton Main Street dreamed up an event where dogs wouldn’t just tag along, like they do at other local outdoor festivals. The downtown organization crafted a day that catered to canines — whether they were retired show dogs with impeccable pedigree or lovable mutts rescued from the shelter.
Festival activities feature the traditional “Heinz 57” contest, Pet Tricks, Dog Singing contest, and the Spokesdog Pageant. This year there will be some new contests added, including: “How Obedient is Your Dog,” “Dancing With Your Dog,” and a “Canine Couture” costume contest.
Attendees also learn about various breeds and pet care tips, as well as see canine training and sport demonstrations including demos by Dallas Dog & Disc Club and Texas Heat Flyball. And “Glamfur” photos, creative arts/crafts items for both canines and their humans, games for kids and dogs, pet adoptions and rescues, festival foods and more are also part of the fun offered at the event.
In 2013 Dog Days of Denton will spotlight the Lions’ Club Leader Dog Program — a service dog program for the seeing-impaired. Dog owners can try out their dog’s agility skills at the D.A.W.G. Agility Course on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon for a donation to the Leader Dog Project. Dog Days of Denton is a great opportunity for all dog owners to showcase their pets’ unique skills and talents while celebrating man and his best friend.
To commemorate the 20th year of the festival, a special memorabilia display showcasing the event history and a video remembering the fun through the years will be shown at the event.
— Lucinda Breeding
DOG DAYS OF DENTON
Who: People and their canine companions
What: Two days gone to the dogs
When: 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: north end of Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St.
Details: Keep dogs on a leash. Free.