Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Paws in the Park Promises a Butt-Sniffing Good Time

Royal Oak’s Memorial Park goes to the dogs (and their people) this weekend, October 3rd and 4th from 10a.m. until 5p.m. Paws in the Park attendees can watch entertainment provided by Disc Dogs of Michigan and Rock n’ Roll K-9’s or register their own dogs to compete in the Updog Challenge, costume contests, and more. Other breed-specific events include a Wiener Dog Race on Saturday and a Pug Run on Sunday.
If your passion is shopping for all things canine, stop by Maggie and Minnie Pet Boutique to stock up on the latest fall fashions or Pet Supplies Plus for toys to get Fido moving indoors during the winter months. Treats for humans and pups will also be available for purchase, with an ATM onsite.

Lastly, if you have yet to open your home to a furry best friend, or want to add a new family member, please consider one of Paws in the Park’s featured charities. Detroit Bully Corps and The Royal Oak Animal Shelter will not have dogs at the actual event, but they are happy to educate interested pet owners about their missions and accept applications. Specializing in Bully Breeds, Detroit Bully Corps advocates for abused, neglected and homeless dogs through education, adoption, rehabilitation and training. Home FurEver will have a variety of adoptable dogs at the park for guests to meet. The organization is looking for families to foster and adopt these rescues. Expect to begin the process by completing an application in person; Home FurEver does not have applications online. Make sure to bring your vet’s name and contact information as well.

Check out the video below to see what Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelly Kemp, Detroit Bully Corps founder Bill Bellottie, and a special guest, had to say about the upcoming event and Logan's Law, pending legislation that would create a registry for convicted animal abusers and require any animal shelter to refuse sale/adoption of an animal to anyone on list. Road noise courtesy of Woodward Ave.

The details: All dogs must be on a six feet or shorter leash and be up to date with their vaccinations. Water bowls will be dispersed throughout Memorial Park. Waste pick-up is provided by PoopSter. Admission is $5 for ages 11 and up and partially benefits four charities: Home FurEver, Detroit Bully Corps, Logan’s Law and The Royal Oak Animal Shelter. For more information, visit


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