Treat your dog to 8th Annual Marysville Poochapalooza July 12

Rescue dogs fashion show, wiener dog races, Flyball, contests and more!
 
MARYSVILLE – Marysville Dog Owners Group (M-DOG) invites you and your pooch to the 8th Annual Marysville Poochapalooza outdoor dog event 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at Strawberry Fields Park, 6100 152nd St. NE in Marysville.
 
Snohomish County’s largest dog event has kept tails wagging with the Fashions and Rescues Runway Show, Running of the Wieners dachshund races, Flyball exhibitions, pie-eating and Best in Show contests to give dogs their moment to shine, event coordinators say. In addition, you can snoop for bargains among the dozens of pet-related vendors.
 
Poochapalooza is free, but a suggested minimum $5 donation per person is requested, with goodie-filled “wag bags” to the first 500 visitors. All proceeds support needs at Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-Leash Park, such as agility equipment, picnic tables and benches. The park is maintained year-round by M-DOG volunteers.  
 
Poochapalooza this year will again go high fashion with the popular Fashions and Rescues Runway Show, mixing country charm with urban chic. The show will feature adoptable dogs modeling the latest eye-catching fashions live on the catwalk…urr….dogwalk.
 
“This is one our favorite highlights at the event because we like helping pet adoption groups find loving homes for dogs,” says Leslie Buell, Poochapalooza founder and coordinator, and an owner of shelter adopted dogs for years.
 
Another favorite is the “Running of the Wieners” dachshund races. Watch as these low to the ground but high on energy pups show off their speed and cunning in races starting at 2 p.m., Buell says. The number of qualifier races will depend on how many dogs register, so make sure your dog is in the running! Day of event registration is $10 per dog to race. Top finishers will be invited to compete in wiener dog races at the halftime show of a Seattle Seahawks game at Century Link Field in the 2014 season.
 
Dogs with a hidden talent can enter fun “Best in Show” contests like Best Kisser, Best Voice, Wackiest Pet Trick, and Pooch Pie-Eating Contests. Contest donation cost is $5 for one contest, or $10 for unlimited contests (excluding the Pooch Pie-Eating Contest in big and small dog categories, which is $10.) Register at the event. Visit the Poochapalooza website at http://poochapalooza.org/ for forms and schedule. The pie-eating contests are sponsored and emceed by Dining Dog Café and Bakery of Edmonds and Owner Dorothy Moore. The fashion show is sponsored by Christy Bows LLC.
 
Among new events this year, DuTERRA Essential Oils and K9 Nosework will combine to provide a scent demonstration, at 1:30 p.m., and a Doggie Dessert Dash will occur at 3 p.m., courtesy of Pupcakes LLC.
 
Food and refreshments available for purchase. Parking is free.
  
For more information about Poochapalooza, contact Leslie Buell at (425) 268-5285, email labuell@frontier.com, or visit the website at http://poochapalooza.org/. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/poochapalooza.
 

Dogs have their day at Marysville Poochapalooza

Sarah Weiser / Herald file photo, 2011 Jaden Curtis, then 1, of Snohomish, reacts as Francy, an Irish wolfhound, licks him during the Best Kisser Contest at Poochapalooza at Strawberry Fields Athletic Park in Marysville in July of 2011.

Sarah Weiser / Herald file photo, 2011 Jaden Curtis, then 1, of Snohomish, reacts as Francy, an Irish wolfhound, licks him during the Best Kisser Contest at Poochapalooza at Strawberry Fields Athletic Park in Marysville in July of 2011.

Source: The Herald

MARYSVILLE — The seventh annual Marysville Poochapalooza dog festival is planned from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Strawberry Fields Park, 6100 152nd St. NE in Marysville.

Snohomish County’s largest dog event includes a fashion show for rescue dogs, canine flying disc tournament, flyball exhibitions, pie-eating and pet contests that give dogs their moment to shine.

“This year, we’re adding our ‘Running of the Wieners’ wiener dog races to the schedule, and invite dachshund owners to bring out the champion in their dogs,” said Leslie Buell, Poochapalooza founder and coordinator, in a news release. “See these energetic low-rider pups give it their all for trophies, prizes and glory.”

Poochapalooza is free, but a suggested $5 per person donation provides goodie-filled “wag bags” to the first 400 visitors. All proceeds support Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-Leash Park, which is maintained year-round by Marysville Dog Owners Group volunteers.

The pie-eating contests and fashion show will be emceed and sponsored by Dining Dog Café and Bakery of Edmonds and owner Dorothy Moore.

Food and refreshments will be sold by the Marysville Kiwanis Club in support of youth programs, and by other vendors. Parking is free. Rare Birds and Rosemary will provide live music from 4-5 p.m.

Visit the Poochapalooza website at http://poochapalooza.org for forms and schedule. For more information, contact Leslie Buell at 360-651-0633, email labuell@frontier.com. The event[‘]s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/poochapalooza.