Weekend events mean dog days across the area

Greyhound Reunion, Bark at Park, a pet parade

Family: events, activities

May 13, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

It's a dog's life this weekend. With several dog-friendly and dog-oriented events taking place throughout the area, canines and their human companions will be dog-goned occupied Saturday and Sunday.

* Greyhound Reunion. Greyhound lovers, fans and owners will want to race over to the 14th annual Greyhound Reunion, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley. Greyhound Pets of America/Maryland sponsors the annual gathering of greyhounds and owners. The public is welcome, as well.

The event includes a welcoming ceremony at 10 a.m., greyhound games at noon, a costume contest (for most original, funniest, prettiest, cutest, smallest, tallest, longest tail, oldest and other categories) at 1 p.m. and a raffle at 2:45 p.m. There will be gifts and art relating to greyhounds and other canines, a silent auction, food and more.

Greyhound Pets of America/Maryland helps find homes for former racing greyhounds.

The event takes place rain or shine. Admission is $2 per family. Call 410-744-4542 or visit www.gpa-md.com.

* Bark at Park. Bring your pet to the Bark at Park festival at the Park School, 2425 Old Court Road, Brooklandville, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Dogs can try agility courses, play games and enjoy other dogs. Pets and owners can enter contests, win prizes and enjoy refreshments. Representatives from local animal shelters will offer information and advice.

Park School's chapter of Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals presents the festival. All pets are invited (including cats). Dogs must be on leashes.

Admission is $3 per person. Call 410-339-7070 or visit www.parkschool.net.

* Pet Parade. You and your favorite pooch can strut your stuff at the Pet Parade at 1 p.m. Sunday at Clark's Elioak Farm, 10500 Route 108, Ellicott City. In celebration of the Columbia Animal Hospital's 30th anniversary, the pooch parade and festival take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the farm. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed and most interesting participants. Visitors can have photos snapped with their pets, watch animal demonstrations, take pony rides, learn about pet care from local organizations and visit the farm's petting zoo. Also, there will be several cats available for adoption from the Howard County Cat Club.

Food will be available. Admission is $4 ages 1-12; $3 ages 13 and up. Proceeds benefit Animal Advocates of Howard County. Call 410-730-4049 or visit www.clarklandfarm.com.

For more family events, see Page 41.

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