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Quad-City Creatures
By Heidi Dahms Foster, Prescott Valley, Arizona
A local blog all about pets and pet activities in the quad-city area.PV, Prescott and beyond.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's spring and dog activities abound!

Heidi Dahms Foster

Great weather brings on the spring fever, so come on out and play!

One of the great things that has happened in the quad city area within the last few years is the increase in fun things to do with your dog. It used to be that the only dog activities available were for purebred dogs, such as shows and obedience trials, and while those shows are still available and very popular, many more events offer fun for dog lovers. Here are a few that are coming up this spring, so get out and enjoy!

I think the advent of agility trials immensely changed the face of dog competition and enjoyment. In these trials, dogs race over jumps, through tunnels, along elevated dog walks and through weave poles in a timed trial. The handler runs along, talking (or yelling!) and encouraging the dog, and the action can get downright exciting. The fun thing about agility is that the dog can be a mixed breed, and the owner doesn't have to be an athlete. I've seen young kids run their dogs, and I've watched older folks with canes and walkers take their dogs through a course. One very competitive handler is confined to a scooter, and she and her dogs maneuver the courses very well.

On May 2 and 3, the Top Dog Performance Club of Northern Arizona and the Northern Arizona Australian Shepherd Association will conduct an all-breed and mixed breed agility trial at Old Home Manor, 2100 Perkinsville Road, Chino Valley. You'll be able to observe plenty of action with 300 runs per day in 10 classes. For more information, visit www.topdogaz.org/ and click on events. If you would like to enter the trial, you can access the premium list on the site.

On April 25, Prescott Valley will be the place for a big dog extravangaza, Bark in the Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Prescott Valley Civic Center. You'll be able to visit vendors for information, find out about doggie products and services from local businesses and not-for-profits, and see demonstrations of flyball, freestyle, herding, obedience, frisbee, search and rescue, and K-9 law enforcement. There's sure to be plenty of fun and games, and be sure to wear your tennies, because Bark in the Park will begin with a 5K dog walk at 9 a.m. to celebrate cancer survivors and raise money for the American Cancer Society via Relay for Life.

The Prescott Valley Parks & Recreation Department is still looking for canine-oriented vendors to participate. Interested vendors may contact Roy Jenkins, recreation coordintor, at 759-5518 or visit the Prescott Valley Parks & Recreation Office on the fourth floor of the Civic Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle.

Just in from United Animal Friends/Olsen's Grain is Woof Down Lunch on Saturday, May 16 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Prescott Courthouse Square. Just $15 will get you lunch and a handmade pet dish that you can fill with pet food. The day will also include activities such as Prescott Animal Hospital "Ask the Vet," raffle drawings, raffles and micro-chipping. UAF will also have good dogs available for adoption.

You can purchase tickets online for this event at unitedanimalfriends.org or call a rep at 928-778-2924. All proceeds from this event will benefit the UAF spay/neuter and foster/adopt programs.

If you need to get your dog or cat vaccinated, the Yavapai Kennel Club will conduct a shot clinic on May 16 at Kennel Kamp Village, 9049 E. Florentine Road, Prescott Valley. For more information, call 928-759-8181.

It's spring, so get out and have some fun with your dog!

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2009
Article comment by: Carol

Heidi perhaps you could educate these pickup people with dogs in the back. Bad news; puts animals in harms way and people driving behind them. Today on Williamson Valley Road grey pickup with 3 beautiful retrievers in the back crowed together. Accident waiting to happen. dogs do not like it as it is not even healthy for the animal. Talk to your vet and he will tell you not! People have some trumped up idea that there dogs love this form of transportation. Well who is in-charge here? Stop putting your animals in the beds of trucks unless they are in a crate and the crate is strapped in.

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