Canines grooming up for Dog Days fest

CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — The Cardiff 101 Chamber is gearing up for its fourth annual Dog Days of Summer street fair for dogs and dog-lovers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at Aberdeen Drive and Newcastle Street. Visitors can enter their dog in a contest for the Cutest Puppy, Best-Dressed Dog, Best Kisser or Dog/Owner Look-alike.
“They say every dog has his day, and this year it’s Aug. 8,” said event
co-chairwoman Debbie Mitchell. “The entire canine community comes together for contests, games, raffles, vendors, and, of course, food from our local merchants. It’s a great way to see old friends and make new ones of the two- and four-legged variety.”
The Purina Rescue to Rally Pro Plan Ambassador Program is set to roll into town to join the event. Rally to Rescue focuses on the support of smaller pet rescue organizations that may often be overlooked by potential donors and adopters due to their more limited fundraising and marketing capabilities. Their nationwide efforts to raise awareness for pet rescue causes will have a positive impact on rescue organizations, big and small.
Both the San Diego Humane Society Mobile Adoption Unit and the County Animal Services rabies vaccination, license and microchip clinic will also be in attendance. A mobile pet grooming service will be on hand, along with a special performance by celebrity dog trainer Melissa Heeter and the Purina Incredible Dog Team.
Highlights of this year’s Dog Days of Summer event include an obstacle course sponsored by K-9 Connection, a Kid Zone with kiwi jump and treasure hunt, silent auction, raffle drawings and vendor booths. There will be music and performances throughout the day by Circus Mafia.
New to this year’s event is The Blessing of the Dogs by Drupon Samten Rinpoche of the Tibetan Meditation Center of Escondido.
Admission to the event is free and proceeds benefit local animal charities and
the Cardiff 101 Chamber, which sponsors other community events throughout the year.
The first 500 attendees will each receive Wag Bags full of canine goodies. For more details, visit www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com.

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