October 31, 2009

Halloween Pumpkins and Paws

Last week I was asked by our local vet and friend, Dr Mary, to volunteer at the Halloween festival that she had organized at her Willcox clinic. I ended up at the entrance, welcoming people and directing them to the various activities.

There were educational booths on Parvo vaccination (prevalent in our area), snake bite vaccination, nutrition and how to get your kitten/puppy off to a good start. There were kids activities (face painting, go fish, bandana making), K-9 demonstrations by the Border Patrol, 4-H agility demonstrations, and there were doggie contests.

I asked Dan to come along as the official photographer, and we felt that we had to enter at least one contest. Since Emma does not do tricks, and would be really bad at retrieving a hotdog (nothing would be returned to the judges), she was entered in the Longest Ear contest. The competition was dismal (the basset hound did not show up until after the judging), and Em won first place (a monetary gift).

I think there were more volunteers than participants, this being the first year of the Festival, but a great time was had by all.

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