Cape Cod will be home to the largest pet festival the peninsula has ever seen when the inaugural “Agway of Cape Cod Paw Palooza” pops up onJuly 16 and 17 at Dennis-Yarmouth High School. The extravaganza is expected to fetch some serious dough for the Cape’s two largest animal shelters — the MSPCA in Centerville and the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s shelter in Brewster.
Highlighting the two-day event will be the Cape’s first-ever DockDogs® tournament. DockDogs® is the fastest growing water sport for dogs with sanctioned tournaments taking place from Coast to Coast. In an awe-inspiring display of canine athleticism, dogs jump from a platform into a 45-foot pool, competing for distance, height and speed. While veteran teams will be traveling from all over New England to compete, novices are also welcome and practice sessions will be available to all registered dogs in between competitions. You can register your dog to participate online at www.pawpaloozacapecod.com or on-site at the event.
In addition to the DockDogs® competition, the Paw Palooza Show Ring Presented by Nauset Marine will have its own version of flying dogs! World record holder Mike Piazza and his team of high flying Frisbee dogs have performed nationwide and are considered the number one Frisbee performers in the world. Piazza and his Border Collies will delight fans with two performances presented by Nauset Pet Services.
K-9 units from the Barnstable County Sheriff and Yarmouth Police Departments will also be on hand to showcase the skills of their working patrol dogs. Presented by Champion Pet Foods, the interactive demonstrations will include a mock narcotics search, simulated criminal apprehension, and audience Q&A. In addition, the Show Ring will feature agility and nosework demonstrations.
In between the action, attendees can brush up on their pet know-how at “Doggie U”. Presented by The Animal Hospital of Orleans, the Doggie University tent will feature guest professors delivering 30 minute seminars on a variety of topics. Experts from the MSPCA and Animal Rescue League will also share fascinating news about disaster deployment and answer your most pressing questions about dog behavior.
“Paw Palooza is predominantly about fun for people and their dogs, but it’s also about promoting and celebrating responsible pet ownership,” said Agway of Cape Cod co-owner Jessica Thomas. “We’re thrilled to have so many of our local veterinarians, trainers and other experts joining us for some great and informative seminars.”
In addition to the entertainment and educational components, the Paw Palooza Vendor Fair will include nearly fifty vendors offering giveaways and product samples, and showcasing the hottest new trends in the pet industry. Dog- and kid-friendly activities, such as Pupcasso Art Making, a “Kissing Booth”, face painting, tug toy making, book signings and doggie facials, will be among the fun offerings.
Admission is $7 (no charge for kids 12 and under or dogs). Through the newly established Agway of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation, net proceeds will be donated to The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Brewster shelter and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (MSPCA) Centerville shelter. The two humane organizations will be on site at the event with adoptable animals and information about their services.
Agway of Cape Cod’s Paw Palooza takes place at Dennis Yarmouth High School, 210 Station Avenue in Yarmouth, Massachusetts. Hours onSaturday, July 16 are 9 AM – 5 PM, and on Sunday, July 17 from 9 AM – 3 PM. Free parking is available at DY High School and the adjacent Station Avenue Elementary School. Attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to make a day of the event. Multiple food trucks will be on hand selling lunch, ice cream and other goodies. All friendly, rabies vaccinated, leashed dogs are welcome!
For more information and a complete schedule of events and vendors, visit pawpaloozacapecod.com.
Agway of Cape Cod’s Paw Palooza is presented by Blue Buffalo, Brewster Veterinary Hospital, Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod, EVO and California Natural. Media partners include Cape Cod Media Group, Cape Cod Broadcasting, WCOD, Cool 102, The Pet Gazette and The Cape Cod Daily Deal. Corporate sponsors include Barkworthies, Cape Cod Five Savings Bank, Earthborn Holistic, Grizzly Pet Products, Health Extension, Healthy Essentials, Lower Cape Veterinary Services, Merrick Pet Care, Natural Balance, Nauset Disposal, PetSafe, Solar City, Stella & Chewys, The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, The Honest Kitchen, Tropiclean, Weruva, Whole Foods, Zignature and Zuke’s. Additional vendors and supporters include All Purpose Bakery, The Animal Hospital of Orleans, The Black Leash, The Brewster Book Store, Champion Pet Foods, The Chatham Dog Club, Derbyfield Kennels, DogWatch of Cape Cod, doTerra Essential Oils, Hot Diggity, Howl-a-day Inn, Glucodogs, Latham Centers, Monomoy Horse and Dog, Nauset Marine, Nauset Pet Services, New York Life, Purina Pro Plan, South Sagamore Services, Tail Waggin’ Dog Training, Tails & Sails, Uncommon Paws and Wholesale Embroidery.